Book Review: Left Turn

Media Bias.

What if you had the power to change history? What if you could influence the future? How ’bout an election or two? Let’s assume that’s possible for the nonce. Would you use that power for good or evil? Would having the power corrupt you, sooner, later, or eventually? And here’s the kicker – would you know if you had it, and if you knew, would it make any difference in your behavior? That’s a lot of what ifs. But that’s the price you pay for reading a book that can turn conventional wisdom on its ear, as does Left Turn, a book by the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at UCLA, Professor Tim Groseclose. But the more interesting question the book raises, is how does this affect the fight over our 2nd Amendment rights?

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MSNBC: Six Million Americans Licensed for Concealed Carry

It’s a GD shame that MSNBC couldn’t give a proper citation for that figure. And gives us some idea of how many actually carry. And where. And when. And how. And why. All we get in the net’s report on the concealed carry “issue” is “From its beginnings in the 1980s, the ‘right-to-carry’ movement has succeeded in boosting the number of licensed concealed-gun carriers from fewer than 1 million to a record 6 million today, according to estimates from gun-rights groups that are supported by msnbc.com’s research. And while hotly debated, the effect of this dramatic increase is largely unknown.” Welcome to the waffle house. May I take your order? “But even with the push to expand concealed-carry rights now in its third decade, no scientific studies have reached any widely accepted conclusions about the movement’s effect on crime or personal safety.” Other than say, the exhaustive (and exhausting) statistical motherload unearthed and dissected by John Lott in More Guns, Less Crime. Never mind, there’s serious prevarication to perform!

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