Links To Source Studies
The scientific value of a study can only be determined by examining how it was conducted, not by parroting its "conclusions." This section is intended to make available the actual study rather than what people are saying about it.
This groundbreaking study, published in The Journal of Law and Economics
, has discovered that states implementing concealed carry laws benefit the safety of police. The author, David B. Mustard of the University of Georgia's Department of Economics, found that allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons "does not endanger the lives of officers, and may help reduce their risk of being killed." This is an Acrobat pdf file.
From the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention within the U.S. Department of Justice comes this study focusing on crime, gang activity, and drug use among youths in cities. Of particular interest is page 18. The study showed that those youths who owned illegal
guns are involved in street crime at a whopping 71% rate. By contrast, the government researchers admit that youths owning legal
guns have a crime rate lower than those who own no guns at all! The link between the socialization of the family and instruction by fathers to legal gun ownership and low crime rates is mentioned. The thugs, of course, are getting their socialization "on the street." This is an Acrobat pdf file.
A federal grant from the Clinton Justice Department went to two anti-gun scholars to fund this research project. Result: findings which support the work on defensive uses of firearms done by Dr. Gary Kleck of FSU. Kleck's research has been unfairly vilified in the media, but now even anti-gun researchers are admitting to more than a million defensive uses per year. The above link is to a text version; the 20-page report is also available as an Adobe Acrobat file
This is the famous 1996 Lott and Mustard multi-year study which proves the link between concealed carry and the lowering of the crime rate. Several download options available.
This Clinton Department of Justice study looks at crime in the U.S. vs. the U.K. from 1981-1996. Gun control in England is nearly total, with yet another major ban passing in 1997. England's attempts to control its society-wide crime problem with ever-more restrictive gun control have proven to be a dismal failure.
The FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. Most files available as .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) only.
One of the oldest studies, from October of 1994, relying heavily upon early Florida and Washington data.
From the Florida Department of State, updated monthly.