I recently finished a book by John Lott Jr. titled The Bias Against Guns. John separates the book into two parts. Part 1 dicusses how everything you’ve heard about guns is wrong. It talks about how the media focuses entirely on how guns are abused while completely ignoring how guns are used to prevent or reduce the effects of crime. It closes with how the government paints the same wrong picture. Part 2 is the evidence. Its 180 pages of surveys, statistics, and facts. Its 180 pages of why the government studies are wrong and the media are doing us an injustice. Its plots, figures, tables, and data, almost overwhelming. The bottom line is that gun laws cause more deaths than save, typically between 10-100x.
For instance, the idea that guns in the home kill kids. That is true. A gun in the home does provide a small, as it turns out ridiculously small, chance of the gun injuring or killing a child. It is also true that that same gun also provides a layer of defense that no other device on earth can provide. Below is an interesting table from page 138.
The Bias Against Guns - Table 7.1
0 to 4 Years Old 5 to 9 Years Old 10 to 14 Years Old 15-19 Years Old Age 20 and Older
Populations in Millions 18.94 19.95 19.55 19.75 194.51
Types of Accidental Gun Deaths Handguns 2 2 12 29 85
Long Guns 1 3 18 20 70
Unknown/Other Firearms 9 14 27 77 455
Other Types of Accidental Deaths Drowning/Submersion 558 192 177 359 2209
Burns 352 171 92 88 2764
Falls 67 25 28 112 12936
Pedal Cycling 7 74 92 83 543
Motor Vehicles 834 802 969 5198 34568
Frankly, I’d rather focus on the other areas of danger; not guns. The book is very good, although the facts and data can be overwhelming. I’d strongly recommend it for anyone who thinks guns only do harm.
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