This article is from the can.talk.guns FAQ, by Skeeter Abell-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Many of the individuals claiming to be experts are not experts on
firearm law. Criminologists, legal researchers, and sociologists, such
as Gary Kleck, Don B. Kates, Jr. and James D. Wright, who have
actually studied the effects of firearm laws, have found that they do
not reduce violent crime rates. There are far more studies showing that
firearm laws, which reduce law-abiding citizens' legal access to
firearms, either have no measurable effect or increase violent crime.
Laws allowing citizens to legally arm themselves have not increased
violent crime, but have instead resulted in lower crime rates.
For more information about the above authors and their research, select
the ``Research related to "gun control"'' page at
These three authors are prime examples of experts who supported "gun
control" until their own research showed them that most efforts are
a waste of time and money, and some actual put citizens in danger.
Coalition For Gun Control fact sheet.