Reducing Gun Violence in America Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

ISBN-10: 1421411105

ISBN-13: 9781421411101

Edition: 2013

Authors: Daniel W. Webster, Jon S. Vernick, Michael Bloomberg

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Amid a growing consensus that the staggering toll of gun violence in the United States is an urgent public health issue, the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health has convened experts on gun policy and violence from the United States and selected other countries to summarize relevant research and its implications for policymakers and concerned citizens. Legal scholars weigh in on the constitutionality of recommended policies, and researchers present new data on public support for a wide array of policies designed to reduce gun violence. Collected for the first time in one volume, this reliable, empirical research and legal analysis will inform the policy debate by helping lawmakers and opinion leaders identify the policy changes that are most likely to reduce gun violence in the United States.Researchers draw on new and existing studies on U.S. gun policies to demonstrate both the weaknesses of current federal gun policies and the efficacy of various state laws designed to reduce firearm availability to high-risk groups. By analyzing scientific and legal data, the contributors provide evidence in support of enhanced regulation and oversight of licensed gun dealers, background checks for private sales, and purchaser licensing. Lessons from bans of assault weapons and of large-capacity magazines for guns are considered, as is the promise of "smart guns," which could be fired only by authorized users. Compelling case studies from Australia, Scotland, and Brazil demonstrate effective policy responses to gun violence that have led to significant reductions in gun-related deaths. The book concludes with data on public support for strengthening gun laws and Second Amendment considerations.
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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Gun Policy Lessons from the United States: Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals
Firearms and Violent Death in the United States
The Limited Impact of the Brady Act: Evaluation and Implications
Preventing Gun Violence Involving People with Serious Mental Illness
Evidence for Optimism: Policies to Limit Batterers' Access to Guns
Reconsidering the Adequacy of Current Conditions on Legal Firearm Ownership
Broadening Denial Criteria for the Purchase and Possession of Firearms: Need, Feasibility, and Effectiveness
Comprehensive Background Checks for Firearm Sales: Evidence from Gun Shows
Preventing the Diversion of Guns to Criminals through Effective Firearm Sales Laws
Spurring Responsible Firearms Sales Practices through Litigation: The Impact of New York City's Lawsuits against Gun Dealers on Interstate Gun Trafficking
Curtailing Dangerous Sales Practices by Licensed Firearm Dealers: Legal Opportunities and Obstacles
Making Gun Laws Enforceable
Enforcing Federal Laws against Firearms Traffickers: Raising Operational Effectiveness by Lowering Enforcement Obstacles
Gun Policy Lessons from the United States: High-Risk Guns
America's Experience with the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, 1994-2004: Key Findings and Implications
Personalized Guns: Using Technology to Save Lives
International Case Studies of Responses to Gun Violence
Gun Control in Great Britain after the Dunblane Shootings
Rational Firearm Regulation: Evidence-based Gun Laws in Australia
The Big Melt: How One Democracy Changed after Scrapping a Third of Its Firearms
Brazil: Gun Control and Homicide Reduction
Second Amendment
The Scope of Regulatory Authority under the Second Amendment
Public Opinion on Gun Policy
Public Opinion on Proposals to Strengthen U.S. Gun Laws: Findings from a 2013 Survey
Consensus Recommendations for Reforms to Federal Gun Policies
Biographies of Contributors
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