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by Steven D. Levitt, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago [Editor's note: A version of this piece was published in the Chicago Sun-Times on July 28, 2001 under the title "Pools more dangerous than guns." ] What’s more dangerous: a swimming pool or a gun? When it comes to children, there is no comparison: a…

(from The Criminologist Vol 25, No 5 Sep/Oct 2000 pp 1,6) In a recent issue of the Criminologist, Otis Duncan raises concerns about my writings. He discusses a wide range of issues from the estimated number of defensive gun uses and the rate at which defensive uses result in the gun being fired to even…

This post contains extracts from Chapter 23 Private Defence of Textbook of Criminal Law by Glanville L Williams (2nd Ed 1983).

Gun Use Surveys: In Numbers We Trust?

Otis Dudley Duncan, University of California, Santa Barbara (from The Criminologist Vol 25, No 1 Jan/Feb 2000 pp 1-7) We who work hard to produce statistics for public consumption would do well to acquire a little historical perspective. Theodore Porter’s wide-ranging Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life (1995) takes…