Guns and Violence
The English Experience
By (author) Joyce Lee Malcolm
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Guns and Violence by Joyce Lee Malcolm
Book DescriptionBehind the passionate debate over gun control and armed crime lurk assumptions about the link between guns and violence. Indeed, the belief that more guns in private hands means higher rates of armed crime underlies most modern gun control legislation. But are these assumptions valid?Investigating the complex and controversial issue of the real relationship between guns and violence, Joyce Lee Malcolm presents an incisive, thoroughly researched historical study of England, whose strict gun laws and low rates of violent crime are often cited as proof that gun control works. To place the private ownership of guns in context, Malcolm offers a wide-ranging examination of English society from the Middle Ages to the late twentieth century, analyzing changing attitudes toward crime and punishment, the impact of war, economic shifts, and contrasting legal codes on violence. She looks at the level of armed crime in England before its modern restrictive gun legislation, the limitations that gun laws have imposed, and whether those measures have succeeded in reducing the rate of armed crime.Malcolm also offers a revealing comparison of the experience in England experience with that in the modern United States. Today Americans own some 200 million guns and have seen eight consecutive years of declining violence, while the English--prohibited from carrying weapons and limited in their right to self-defense have suffered a dramatic increase in rates of violent crime. This timely and thought-provoking book takes a crucial step in illuminating the actual relationship between guns and violence in modern society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674016088
(202mm x 130mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joyce Lee Malcolm
Peter's War, Paperback (January 2011)
A boy named Peter, born to a slave in Massachusetts in 1763, was sold nineteen months later to a childless white couple there. This book recounts the history of how the American Revolution came to Peter's small town, and how he participated in the battles of Bunker Hill and Yorktown and witnessed the surrender at Saratoga.
To Keep and Bear Arms, Paperback (May 1996)» View all books by Joyce Lee Malcolm
This work illuminates the historical facts behind the current debate about gun-related violence, the Brady Bill and the NRA, including the original meaning and intentions behind the right to "bear arms". It traces its roots to the legacy of English law, leading directly to the Second Amendment.
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Author Biography - Joyce Lee Malcolm
Joyce Lee Malcolm is Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law.
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