This article contains a few links to interesting scientific studies and articles related to gun violence in America.
The Gun Debate
From FactCheck.org: The Gun Debate
This article contains discussion and fact-based analysis of the following questions:
- Do universal background checks reduce firearm deaths?
- Do concealed-carry laws decrease violent crime?
- How does the U.S. gun homicide rate compare with other developed countries?
- Are most firearm homicides committed with stolen guns?
- Did the law banning certain types of semiautomatic weapons from 1994 to 2004 reduce gun violence and deaths?
Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?
From ProCon.org: Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?
This site contains a very interesting two-column discussion in pro-con format.
There’s an Awful Lot We Still Don’t Know about Guns
From The New York Times: There’s an Awful Lot We Still Don’t Know about Guns
“When someone dies in a car crash, the local police fill out a detailed form that is shared with the federal government. Researchers have mined that data to see how policies — in road design, licensing rules, seatbelt laws or car requirements — can reduce the death toll from driving.
When someone is killed in a shooting, the data collected is skimpier, more haphazard and not reported to the federal government from every state. That lack of information isn’t the main reason gun policy remains such a political and controversial issue in American life. But it does limit the ability of policymakers to fully understand what laws could make a difference.”
Comparing Gun Deaths by Country: The U.S. is in a Different World
From The New York Times: Comparing Gun Deaths by Country: The U.S. Is in a Different World
“In Poland and England, only about one out of every million people die in gun homicides each year — about as often as an American dies in an agricultural accident or falling from a ladder. In Japan, where gun homicides are even rarer, the likelihood of dying this way is about the same as an American’s chance of being killed by lightning — roughly one in 10 million.”
Mental Illness and Guns: Myths Vs. Facts
From Coalition to Stop Gun Violence: Mental Illness and Guns: Myths Vs. Facts
“Already, many are blaming mental illness, as we have long been conditioned to associate mental illness with violence. But the idea that mentally ill means violent is simply a myth.
MYTH: Mental illness causes gun violence and mass shootings.
FACT: Mental illness is not a significant risk factor for or a predictor of interpersonal violence.”