Over the years, an audio version of “More Guns, Less Crime” has been requested many, many times. Well, finally an audio version has been released (cheapest version at Barnes & Noble and it is also available at Amazon). However, I must say that I am very disappointed by the picture that they used for the cover here. The point is that guns are used to protect people, not to threaten the reader. I had complained over the years about the cover used by the University of Chicago Press, but this cover is even worse.
Praise for “More Guns, Less Crime”
Milton Friedman — “John Lott documents how far ‘politically correct’ vested interests are willing to go to denigrate anyone who dares disagree with them. Lott has done us all a service by his thorough, thoughtful, scholarly approach to a highly controversial issue.”. The Wall Street Journal — “A compelling book with enough hard evidence that even politicians may have to stop and pay attention. More Guns, Less Crime is an exhaustive analysis of the effect of gun possession on crime rates.”. Weekly Standard — “Lott has gone so far beyond other scholars that his work deserves a central place both in future academic inquiry and in popular and political debate.” .Reason Magazine — “An important new book by one of America’s most resourceful and fearless econometricians.”. Business Week — “Lott’s pro-gun argument has to be examined on the merits, and its chief merits is lots of data. . . . If you still disagree with Lott, at least you will know what will be required to rebut a case that looks pretty near bulletproof.” .National Review — “By providing strong empirical evidence that yet another liberal policy is a cause of the very evil it purports to cure, [Lott] has permanently changed the terms of the debate on gun control….Lott’s book could hardly be more timely.” .Booknews — “Lott takes the position many have supported anecdotally for centuries that the best deterrent to crime is an armed populace. He backs up his argument with the FBI’s yearly crime figures for every county in the U.S. over 18 years, the largest national surveys on gun ownership, and state police documents on illegal gun use.” .Kirkus Reviews — “An intriguing and shocking look at crime, guns, and gun control policy. Lott (Law/University of Chicago) writes with a relentless distaste for conventional wisdom, such as the belief that most people are killed by someone they know. That category, Lott protests, is simply too large to be meaningful, and he takes to task the notion that concealed guns increase crime. To Lott’s mind, citizens who carry concealed guns protect themselves against both friends and strangers and prevent the death of innocent citizens. Lott cites a host of cases where armed victims managed to outwit or kill their attackers. Common sense approaches like gun buyback programs or waiting periods for gun parchases, the hallmark of the Brady Bill, also seem useless to Lott. He draws on studies and data to suggest that an armed citizen is a safe citizen. Lott stresses that many western states like Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma have nondiscretionary handgun laws, and crime is significantly lower in those areas. Sure to raise questions and some controversy, and hopefully will draw attention to the complex issue of crime and potential solutions.”