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This research is important to complete because it could shed some light on alternative ways to deter and prevent crime Many believe that concealed handgun laws also referred to as shall issue laws if enacted would cause lawlessness similar to the days of the Wild West I believe that reliable and valid research may be completed to prove just the opposite States that do not have shall issue laws in place could benefit because it would enable them to analyze the effects of such a law and aid legislatures in determining whether or not such a law would be feasible for adoption in their respective states Those states that have already enacted such a law could examine the results of this study and make adjustments in specific policies These benefits among others would add another tool in the fight against crimeThe theoretical base for this research is straightforward more guns less crime If law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry concealed weapons the occurrence of violent crimes will be reduced This is due to the effect of deterrenceThe key concepts that will be used in this research are violent crimes concealed handgun laws and deterrence effectViolent crimes- those crimes including murder murder with guns rape robbery and aggravated assaultConcealed handgun laws- also referred to as shall issue laws laws mandating that authorities shall issue permits to concealed handgunsDeterrence effect- refers to the notion that allowing citizens to carry firearms will increase criminals uncertainty regarding an armed response and increase criminals certainty in being punished thus leading to less crimeFor my related research I chose to use Crime Deterrence and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns by John R Lott Jr and David B Mustard and Multiple Victim Public Shootings Bombings and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws Contrasting Private and Public Law Enforcement by John R Lott Jr and William M LandesThe Lott and Mustard study is a quasi-experiment using secondary data This is a cross-sectional time series longitudinal study spanning
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