The gun debate and domestic violence

A controversial article pertains to two themes highlighted in Injury Prevention blogs this year – violence against women and gun ownership. On March 17, the New York Times published the article “In Some States, Gun Rights Trump Orders of Protection”, with reporting contributed by Griff Palmer and research contributed by Kristen Millares Young and Jack Styczynski. The lengthy article cites […]

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Learning from the experience of gun control in Australia

Simon Chapman points out that his 2006 paper in Injury Prevention “Australia’s 1996 gun law reforms: faster falls in firearm deaths, firearm suicides, and a decade without mass shootings,” was downloaded over 80,000 time in December 2012, presumably following the tragedy in Sandy Hook. The article usage statistics for this paper (as for all the papers we publish) […]

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Firearm death in US cities – a global perspective

The Atlantic Cities blog has an interesting analysis of firearm homicide rates in US cities compared to the firearm homicide rate of nations traditionally described as “violent.” Results are presented as a graphic. I was stunned by the observation that “if New Orleans was a country,” it would have the second highest firearm death rate in the world. […]

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What questions about gun violence should new research address?

One of the executive actions taken today by President Obama in response to recent mass shootings was to “direct the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.” This is a major shift away from federal policy of the last 15+ years which has effectively  suppressed funding of public health research into firearm injury and […]

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