This review of “The War on Guns” appeared in the December issue of The American Rifleman.
While attacks on the Second Amendment are all-too common in today’s politically charged climate, advocates fighting for our right to self-defense and the right to bear arms now have a powerful new tool in The War On Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, the latest book by John R. Lott Jr.
Lott, who holds a doctoral degree in economics and has established himself as a peerless investigator on the topics of gun use and gun rights, once again provides decisive analysis and careful research of current studies and government data to prove there really is an effort to limit, if not completely remove, firearms from the hands of the American public. Roughly two-thirds of the book is centered on analytic proof and commentary that gives backbone to Lott’s thesis that a concerted campaign is being waged by politicians and bureaucrats with gun-control agendas. Impressively, and as any serious study should include on such a broad topic, there are two appendices of data and an extensive set of footnotes citing every source Lott mentions in his textual analysis. There is also an index for more specific topics.
What makes this book unique among pro-gun and pro-Second Amendment rights-related tomes is the detailed chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the many lies and obfuscations pushed by influential anti-gun figures. Lott corroborates contradictory data from various sources, including analyses and studies he has (in full disclosure) conducted himself. What’s more, the author is actually able to break down the anti-gunners’ arguments by citing their own data. To further expose the often-corrupt motives behind gun-banners’ data manipulation and silencing of those who challenge their intentions, Lott recounts several instances of media and academic bias, if not blatant censorship, from his own attempts to build public awareness of actual facts supporting self-defense and gun ownership.
Whatever the specific issue, readers will be able to find a relevant chapter to enhance their understanding of what’s really at stake. . . .
The rest of the review is available here.