Pursuant to the recent discussion on the safety of carrying guns, I thought I’d throw this on the table:
According to this web page there are numerous studies demonstrating that increased firearms carrying decreases crime. The argument is being made that armed students will generally stop an attack in progress on a campus, if there are armed students but also notes that “in homes, in businesses and on the streets, … people use guns to stop violent crime–without hurting themselves or any innocent bystander.”
The study goes on to say:
The landmark study by criminologists Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, showing hundreds of thousands of successful defensive gun uses annually, was reliable enough to be endorsed by the leading anti-gun criminologist of the day, the late Marvin Wolfgang–and Kleck’s book covering the research, Point Blank, won Kleck the 1993 Michael Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology for the best book in the field.
But Kleck and Gertz are not alone. As economist John R. Lott Jr. noted … “There have been 26 peer-reviewed studies published by criminologists and economists in academic journals and university presses. Most of these studies find large drops in crime [under Right-to-Carry laws]. Some find no change, but not a single one shows an increase in crime.” (Lott was too modest to mention that one of the key studies is his own, discussed in his book, More Guns, Less Crime.)
Although the above cited analysis does not provide sources, these were easy enough to find: