Gun Control

69 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2001

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Philip J. Cook

Duke University - Sanford School of Public Policy; Duke University, Dept. of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Anthony A. Braga

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - School of Criminal Justice

Mark H. Moore

Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government - Hauser Center

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Date Written: December 2000

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to provide a foundation for understanding the "Great American Gun War," and to consider the next steps that could be taken in the search for an effective gun-control policy. We begin with a review of the more-or-less uncontroversial facts about trends in gun ownership and use, and the reasons why Americans are inclined to arm themselves. A discussion follows of the more contentious issues, whether and how guns influence levels or seriousness of crime. We then identify the important values at stake in adopting any gun-control policy, and go on to describe the existing policies and the mechanisms by which they and other such measures have their effect. Finally, we make recommendations about promising next steps.

Keywords: Crime and Criminal Justice

Suggested Citation

Cook, Philip J. and Braga, Anthony A. and Moore, Mark H., Gun Control (December 2000). Kennedy School Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP01-033. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=292946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.292946

Philip J. Cook

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Mark H. Moore (Contact Author)

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