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Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Juni 2005


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"Kleck assesses the evidence, adduced with the tools of social science, on the issues of gun control and gun ownership--ideology, politics, and propaganda, as well as data on who owns guns, how they acquire them, and why; the effects of guns on violence--self-defense, violent crime, suicide, accidents; regulation--types, public opinion, impact on violence rates; and policy lessons. His findings indicate that guns do contribute to violence, but in complex ways that are not acknowledged by either activists or academics. From the mass of evidence, he draws informed recommendations for a national policy."

"Kleck assesses the evidence, adduced with the tools of social science, on the issues of gun control and gun owner-ship--ideology, politics, and propaganda, as well as data on who owns guns, how they acquire them, and why; the effects of guns on violence--self-defense, violent crime, suicide, accidents; regulation--types, public opinion, impact on vio-lence rates; and policy lessons. His findings indicate that guns do contribute to violence, but in complex ways that are not acknowledged by either activists or academics. From the mass of evidence, he draws informed recommendations for a na-tional policy."

--Book News, Inc.

"Kleck's book is a comprehensive review of the issues and facts regarding gun use and gun control in the US... The book is organized into four sections: issues of gun control and gun ownership, effects of guns on violence, regulating guns, and policy lessons. The text is clearly written, with effective use of tables, and is well referenced. Recommended for libraries developing comprehensive collections in the areas of criminal justice or criminology. Upper-division undergraduates and above."

--R. T. Sigler, Choice

"Kleck assesses the evidence, adduced with the tools of social science, on the issues of gun control and gun owner-ship--ideology, politics, and propaganda, as well as data on who owns guns, how they acquire them, and why; the effects of guns on violence--self-defense, violent crime, suicide, accidents; regulation--types, public opinion, impact on vio-lence rates; and policy lessons. His findings indicate that guns do contribute to violence, but in complex ways that are not acknowledged by either activists or academics. From the mass of evidence, he draws informed recommendations for a na-tional policy."

--Book News, Inc.

"This eagerly awaited magnum opus is essential reading and resource material for those interested or engaged in research on issues involving gun-related violence. Kleck's collected research over the last decade, some of which appears here in one form or another, has touched on and attempted to identify, demystify, and remove ideological biases, of both the conventional left and right, from many of these controversial topics.... This book is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on violence and violent crime... I will refer to it frequently in classes and research... [A] refreshingly fair and persuasive book. It is the definitive work on firearm-related issues in American society. Point Blank is on target."

--Fred Hawley, Social Forces

"Point Blank is easily the most comprehensive work on firearms, violence, and firearms control ever published... [T]he book is also valuable as a reference volume. Containing mountains of statistical data on firearms production, hunting, crime, suicide, accidents, survey items, and the like, in addition to an extraordinary bibliography and literature review, the book is a virtual treasure trove of information for any researcher on the topic... The book flows nicely... [T]he point of view of this work is refreshing, especially in the context of the low-level hack rhetoric that for so long has characterized gun-control "research" by some academicians. Kleck's research will change the direction and raise the level of discussion."

--Alan Lizotte, Contemporary Sociology

"Kleck does the gun control policy debate a great service in demonstrating the complexity of issues that too often are discussed in simplistic ways in the political arena."

--H. Laurence Ross, American Journal of Sociology

Synopsis

By 1990 there were approximately 200 million guns in private hands in the United States, and around half of American households contained a gun. Over 30,000 people a year are killed with guns in suicides, homicides, and accidents, and Americans use guns for defensive purposes as many as a million times a year. There is little doubt that gun violence and control are issues of vital importance, and they continue to inspire national debate. It is doubtful, however, that most gun debates are worth listening to. Not surprisingly, they generally leave their participants exactly where they began, with their biases intact, and onlookers perplexed. Written deliberately to counter an atmosphere of hysteria and extremism, Point Blank, now in paperback, offers logical argument supported by empirical information. It confronts fundamental questions head-on. On its initial publication in 1993, Point Black won the Michael J.

Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology for the book that "made the most outstanding contribution to criminology," Point Blank reports both original research and assesses existing evidence drawn from a wide variety of academic disciplines, including criminology, sociology, law, and medicine.

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HASH(0x8c6d8c00) von 5 Sternen A former gun-phobe 11. Dezember 1998
Von Zonie (zonie@aztec.asu.edu) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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What is striking is that Prof. Kleck actually began this series of studies to "prove" that guns in the hands of citizens doesn't reduce crime. Ya see, Kleck is a liberal Democrat. He is a member of the ACLU, Common Cause, Amnesty International and supports the typical liberal agendas. When he got done crunching the data he found results that shocked him. At a minimum, Americans use firearms 2.5 million times per year in direct, face to face defenses. And that is Kleck's admittedly conservative estimate. Additionally, only 1% of the time is the thug shot, and only 0.1% of all encountered thugs are killed. Remarkable restraint, I'd say. Good people just left alone.
The bad news, Kleck received far fewer invitations to Florida State University cocktail parties. The good news, He won the Hindelang Award for the most significant work by a criminologist (in a whole bunch of years).
I would suggest that most people who would consider buying "Point Blank" would be happier getting Klecks collaboration with Prof. Don Kates titled, "The Great Gun Debate." It covers the same issues in a more digestible, less academic manner, and should be about half the price.
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HASH(0x8c69033c) von 5 Sternen Don't debate gun control without first reading this book. 27. Juni 1998
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A rigorous and dispassionate statistical examination of a topic more often distinguished by emotion than reason, Mr Kleck has created a book that everyone interested in the suject of gun control should read, and which every second amendment advocate should own.<P>This comprehensive study starts with an examination of the ideological nature of arguement on the subject, and thoroughly examines the nature of gun ownership and use in the United States.<P>Supporters of gun control have tried and failed to impugn the integrity of the author, who owes allegiance to no vested interest, and who reached his conclusuion that gun ownership has a more positive than negative effect on society in spite of his own early leanings.<P>Thoroughly documented, Point Blank is a required reference book for anyone with the courage to set personal bias aside, and search for the truth.
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HASH(0x8c633b28) von 5 Sternen Must have resource for those interested in firearms and facts in the United States. 28. August 2015
Von Dean Weingarten - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have had Point Blank on my reference shelf for a couple of decades now. It is an extremely valuable resource for anyone interested in firearms legislation. Gary Kleck includes large amounts of data that is difficult to find with an Internet search, because the book was published when the Internet was in its infancy For example, he has tables listing firearms manufacture, imports and exports from 1946 to 1987. It is just one of many hard to find sources of information that are in the book.

Dr. Kleck is highly thought of by his peers; he recieved the Michael Hindelang award from the American Society of Criminology in 1993, shortly after Point Blank was published.

Kleck is a self described liberal. His thinking about legal restrictions on gun use has been changed by his academic research.

I would like to see Dr. Kleck produce an updated version of Point Blank. It has been two decades. While most of the data can now be found on the Internet, It would be handy to have it all in one easily accessible source.
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HASH(0x8c6899fc) von 5 Sternen Kleck right on the Money: More Guns = Less Crime and More Safety for All 25. November 2015
Von Angelo Mysterioso - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Keck's seminal work proving that guns are needed to reduce crime and that the more guns around in the hands of law-abiding citizens, the more crime drops, set the stage for John Lott's later and exhaustive research (of gun crimes in every U.S. county) that proved more guns = less crime. The Second Amendment is all about defense of your family, self and government tyranny, not about duck hunting. Chicago has toughest anti-guns laws in America and 500 kids get shot every year. It's a dangerous, Democratic h*ll-hole. We have 15 million illegal aliens running around here, which makes America unique. In Switzerland, the law states that you must have an automatic weapon at your home and every home has an adult trained to use that weapon. Gun crime in Switzerland is almost unknown.
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HASH(0x8c604114) von 5 Sternen a deeper look 30. Januar 2013
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Japan's low murder rate is often presented as a reason to copy their low rate of gun ownership. Kleck, however, points out that Japan's lower homicide rate has a lot to do with cultural differences. He shows that the homicide rate of Japanese-Americans, with ready access to guns, is lower than that of Japanese living in Japan. Not definitive, but a good look at the issue that goes beyond the usual shallow, "I'm not trying to learn about the issue, only push my view" look.
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