The Samurai, the Mountie and the Cowboy: Should America Adopt the Gun Controls of Other Democracies?

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Gun control remains one of the hottest topics on America's agenda. Increased violence, gang wars in metropolitan areas, and the prevalence of guns in the United States frequently bring this debate to new crescendos of public concern. How can we find answers that maintain safety while protecting individual liberty? The Samurai, The Mountie, and The Cowboy offers a compelling look at how other democracies have attempted to solve their own gun problems, and what we can learn from these countries.

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A supurb piece of scholarship, admirable for its integrity and painstaking research. Kopel provides the fresh air of reason in a national debate too often marked by acrimony and prejudice.
--Tom Clancy

If one looks on the (gun-control) debate as being only about crime and the equipment with which it is committed, one misses the entire point; the "debate" over guns is fundamentally a cultural and political debate, and Kopel gets high marks for driving that point home.
--James D. Wright, Department of Sociology,
Tulane University

Kopel's careful study puts beyond doubt what scholars in the field have argued for years--that the weapons-violence hypothesis is far too simplistics a basis on which to base sound public policy.
--Daniel D. Polsby, Professor of Law
Northwestern University Law School

In this superbly documented and persuasively argued book, Kopel does more that demonstrate why gun controls would not work in America; he reminds us that legal controls ought to support, not replace, self-control.
--Thomas S. Szasz, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry
SUNY Health Science Center

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David B. Kopel is Research Director at the Independence Institute, an Associate Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, and Adjunct Professor Advanced Constitutional Law at Denver University, Sturm College of Law.

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