By JOHN R. LOTT JR.
THE NEW YORK POST
December 29, 2004 -- THIS month the National Academy of
issued a 328-page report on gun-control laws. The big news is
that the academy's panel couldn't identify any benefits of the
decades-long effort to reduce crime and injury by restricting
gun ownership. The only conclusion it could draw was: Let's
study the question some more (presumably, until we find the
results we want).
The academy, however, should believe its own findings. Based
253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, a
survey that covered 80 different gun-control measures and some
of its own empirical work, the panel couldn't identify a
gun-control regulation that reduced violent crime, suicide or
.. "virtually every reanalysis done by the committee"
right-to-carry laws reduced crime.