Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Drs Ludwig and Cook1 conclude that the Brady Act had little impact on
homicide rates, but their evaluation has many problems. First, they assume
that gun laws can only reduce violence, ignoring arguments that, by denying
guns to prospective crime victims, gun laws might increase violence by reducing
the defensive and deterrent effects of gun ownership by victims.2,3
The authors, therefore, did not perform alternate analysis to evaluate whether
the act increased the homicide rate.
Kleck G, Marvell T. Impact of the Brady Act on Homicide and Suicide Rates. JAMA. 2000;284(21):2718–2721. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2717
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