Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment

Pacific Research Foundation, 1990

65 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2017

Date Written: April 15, 1990


Until about the mid-1970s academic writing about firearms was virtually monopolized by crusaders seeking to validate their contempt for guns and gun owners. This paper reviews all major data on all cultural aspects of the gun controversy and debunks insupportable anti-gun claims (such as the claim that homicide is a matter of “ordinary law-abiding people” killing a relative or acquaintance because a loaded gun happened to be available in a moment of anger.) We could substantially reduce gun crime by simply enforcing our present laws.

Keywords: Second Amendment, gun control, firearms, gun lobby, anti-gun lobby, homicide, crime, data

JEL Classification: k14

Suggested Citation

Kates, Don B., Gun Control: A Realistic Assessment (April 15, 1990). Pacific Research Foundation, 1990, Available at SSRN:

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