The initiative is aimed at filling the gap in federal funding, participants in the American Society of Criminology conference in Atlanta were told. Meanwhile, a researcher told the conference that her own study suggests that many youths in marginalized communities carry guns as a “logical” choice for self-protection.
Many school districts are spending money on fortifying school buildings at the expense of hiring counselors and psychologists, University of Virginia Prof. Dewey Cornell tells criminologists. He urges more emphasis on prevention.
A physician makes the argument that the hashtag war between doctors and the NRA signals more than just another culture-war feud. It’s a sign, she writes, that public-heath arguments will win the gun-control debate.
A University of Arizona researcher argues that special protection orders allowing police or family members to remove access to guns from dangerously unstable individuals, now in place in 13 states, can reduce firearm deaths among the elderly, who are most at risk for committing suicide with a firearm.
The state treats the ability to own and use guns much like the ability to own and use a car. The system, experts tell Vox.com, is one of the major reasons Massachusetts consistently reports the nation’s lowest gun death rates.
The first comprehensive survey of California gun owners in over 40 years also found that roughly 25 percent of California adults live in households that possess at least one firearm. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom has promised to “raise the bar” on gun control.
After Washington voters approved raising the purchase age of semi-automatic weapons to 21, along with a $25 hike in price to cover the cost of stringent new gun regulations, gun sales are spiking as people rush to “to beat the deadline” next year, says one dealer.
The “public health” approach to preventing gun violence won’t reduce the high levels of shootings seen in many neighborhoods around the U.S. unless traditional policing is strengthened, according to two leading criminologists.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a study of the most recently available data from 2015-2016, found that 43 percent of the largest 50 metropolitan areas reported increases in the rate of gun-related deaths compared to 2012-2013. Firearm suicide rates are also going up.