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Book Review: Joyce Lee Malcolm, Guns and Violence: The English Experience

American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 46, p. 507, 2004

University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 81

3 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2010 Last revised: 15 Oct 2012

Andrew Jay McClurg

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Joyce Lee Malcolm’s Guns and Violence: The English Experience offers both an interesting history of guns and gun laws in England and a policy polemic that attempts to establish, through the English experience, that strict gun laws do not reduce violent crime. As explained in this book review, Malcolm’s book succeeds better as history than as advocacy.

Malcolm took on a big challenge in attempting to trace the history of guns and crime in England from medieval times to the present. She pulled it off admirably, constructing a cohesive survey of importance not only to historians, but to anyone interested in firearms policy.

The weakness of the book lies in Malcolm’s attempt to go one big step further and argue that gun restrictions in England have led to increased crime, rather than, as gun control advocates assert, less crime (or at least, less violent crime).

Suggested Citation

McClurg, Andrew Jay, Book Review: Joyce Lee Malcolm, Guns and Violence: The English Experience (2004). American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 46, p. 507, 2004; University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 81. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711313

Andrew Jay McClurg (Contact Author)

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ( email )

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Memphis, TN 38103
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