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America and Its Guns

America and Its Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0001
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What Is a Gun? A more precise term for the subject of this book is firearm, which is a portable weapon that shoots projectiles from a metal tube, propelled at high speed by ... More
Between Marijuana Prohibition and Commercial Legalization: Is There Any Middle Ground?

Between Marijuana Prohibition and Commercial Legalization: Is There Any Middle Ground?  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0014
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Are there options in between prohibition and commercial legalization? Yes. It’s possible to move a meaningful distance away from prohibition without jumping all the way to the sort ... More
Causes of Gun Violence

Causes of Gun Violence  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0004
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Who Can Be Trusted with a Gun? A simplistic but common understanding of crime is that the population can be divided neatly into two groups, good guys and bad guys. In this view, ... More
Effectiveness of Firearms Policy

Effectiveness of Firearms Policy  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0007
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With So Many Guns Out There, Is There Any Point to Gun Control? Yes. The evidence suggests that certain regulations have been effective in reducing gun use in crime. And even in ... More
Gun Control in America

Gun Control in America  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0006
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What Are the Basics of the US System of Gun Regulation? Gun regulations have a long history, stretching back to the colonial era. By and large, the laws have been enacted to secure ... More
The Gun Rights Movement

The Gun Rights Movement  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0010
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What Is the Gun Rights Movement? The gun rights movement consists of several hundred local, state, and national organizations that seek to promote a positive view of firearms in ... More
The Gun Violence Prevention Movement

The Gun Violence Prevention Movement  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0011
Format: 
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What Is the Gun Violence Prevention Movement? Like the gun rights movement, the gun violence prevention movement includes national, state, and local organizations. Some are ... More
Guns and Gun Control in History

Guns and Gun Control in History  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0008
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Is There a Uniquely American Gun Culture? Yes. We know of no other country where firearms are as plentiful and as inextricably linked to individual identity and popular values as ... More
The Harm Done by Guns

The Harm Done by Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0003
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How Many Americans Are Killed or Injured by Gunfire? Approximately 1 million Americans have died from gunshot wounds in homicides, accidents, and suicides during just the last ... More
How Is Legalization of Marijuana Different from Legalization of Other Drugs?

How Is Legalization of Marijuana Different from Legalization of Other Drugs?  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0011
Format: 
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How does legalizing marijuana compare to legalizing all drugs? Legalizing marijuana involves both lower stakes and less uncertainty than legalizing any of the other major illicit ... More
How Stringent Is Marijuana Enforcement in the United States?

How Stringent Is Marijuana Enforcement in the United States?  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0008
Format: 
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Does it make sense for marijuana to be a Schedule I substance? Yes, until the federal process finds it has medical value. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) divides ... More
How Would Alcohol-Style Legalization Affect Me Personally?

How Would Alcohol-Style Legalization Affect Me Personally?  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0013
Format: 
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Policy analysis, in keeping with Jeremy Bentham’s principle of seeking “the greatest good for the greatest number,” tends to focus on aggregate or average effects, with an occasional glance ... More
Introduction

Introduction  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0001
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Should marijuana be legalized? If you picked up this book in search of a clear yes or no answer, consider putting it back on the shelf. We won’t tell you how you should vote. We ... More
Is There a Way Forward for Gun Policy?

Is There a Way Forward for Gun Policy?  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0012
Format: 
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Every question about guns, gun violence, or gun policy is contentious. Basic facts—the annual number of gun transactions, or even the number of guns in private hands—are not known with any ... More
Manufacture and Marketing of Guns

Manufacture and Marketing of Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0005
Format: 
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How Large Is the Gun Industry in America? The gun industry itself is rather small by traditional measures. Only a handful of companies produce a significant number of firearms in ... More
Public Opinion, Political Parties, and Guns

Public Opinion, Political Parties, and Guns  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0009
Format: 
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Do Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws? Public opinion experts have long observed that the United States has a gun control paradox: Most Americans favor all sorts of firearms ... More
The Value of Guns for Personal and Collective Defense

The Value of Guns for Personal and Collective Defense  

Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss

in The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2020
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190073466.003.0002
Format: 
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Why Is Self-Defense Central to the Debate over Gun Control? Personal safety is a vital matter, and self-protection is a more compelling rationale for owning guns than recreation. ... More
What Are the Medical Benefits of Marijuana?

What Are the Medical Benefits of Marijuana?  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0007
Format: 
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Is marijuana medicine? Marijuana products used for medical purposes range from conventional cannabis flowers to synthetic cannabinoids produced in a lab. Even among plant extracts, ... More
What Are the Pros and Cons of Legalization Generally?

What Are the Pros and Cons of Legalization Generally?  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0010
Format: 
chapter
What does it mean to legalize a drug? Legalization means allowing production, distribution, and selling of a drug. Possession and use would be legal for all or most adults, albeit ... More
What Are the Risks of Using Marijuana?

What Are the Risks of Using Marijuana?  

Jonathan P. Caulkins, Beau Kilmer, and Mark A.R. Kleiman

in Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know® (2 ed.)

Published in Print: 
23 June 2016
Published Online: 
12 November 2020
DOI: 
10.1093/wentk/9780190262419.003.0005
Format: 
chapter
Why is it difficult to measure the consequences of marijuana use? Marijuana use carries risks. Some are well established; some are probably real; some turn out to be mostly ... More

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