Saturday, March 12, 2005

More from "Crime, Deterrance and Right to Carry Concealed Handguns."

The potential defensive nature of guns is indicated by the different rates of so-called hot burglaries, where residents are at home when the criminals strike. Almost half the burglaries in Canada and Britain, which have tough gun control laws, are ‘‘hot burglaries.’’ By contrast, the United States, with laxer restrictions, has a ‘‘hot burglary’’ rate of only 13 percent. Consistent with this, surveys of convicted felons in America reveal that they are much more worried about armed victims than they are about running into the police. This fear of potentially armed victims causes American burglars to spend more time than their foreign counterparts ‘‘casing’’ a house to ensure that nobody is home. Felons frequently comment in these interviews that they avoid late-night burglaries because ‘‘that’s the way to get shot.’’ [footnotes omitted.]

I've managed to upload the enire PDF of the article "Crime, Deterrance, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns", Lott and Mustard, Journal of Legal Studies, January 1997,

Did I violate a copyright?

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