Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 391–410

Point blank against itself: Evidence and inference about guns, crime, and gun control

  • Richard D. Alba
  • Steven F. Messner

DOI: 10.1007/BF02630571

Cite this article as:
Alba, R.D. & Messner, S.F. J Quant Criminol (1995) 11: 391. doi:10.1007/BF02630571


This essay considers the empirical foundations for some of the more important and controversial conclusions concerning guns, crime, and gun control advanced in Gary Kleck’s highly influential treatise,Point Blank. We reveal significant flaws in his original data analyses and identify problematic linkages between his evidence and his inferences. We suggest alternative interpretations for some of Kleck’s findings.

Key words

crime deterrence gun control gun ownership homicide 

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard D. Alba
    • 1
  • Steven F. Messner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyState University of New York at AlbanyAlbany

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