How urgent is this crisis? Every day, someone in Minnesota is shot and killed, and more than 900 Minnesotans are shot every year.
Children who live in homes where gun safety isn’t practiced are not only at a significantly increased risk of accidentally shooting themselves, but also of shooting others.
A second kind of justice is already beginning — people empathizing with those whom they’ve viewed as on the other side of a very big divide.
It’s estimated that between 1988 and 2005, the proportion of Australian households with guns plummeted by 75 percent.
Post-tragedy attributions of mental illness in perpetrators of violent acts must be replaced by pre-tragedy mental health services that are adequately funded, accessible, and effective.
No one actually needs these weapons outside of the military, so trying to discern who should or shouldn’t have them is a fool’s errand.
The U.S. death rate from gun homicides is about 31 per million people per year, the New York Times reports. The rate in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria is only about 2 per million.
Rather than quibble about domestic terror versus hate crimes, we must unite and reaffirm ourselves to the mission of acceptance and love.
We will defeat the gun lobby and pass common-sense gun reform the same way we achieved gay marriage: by engaging tens of thousands of people in the effort.
“By taking basic steps to permit public health research, we can finally begin to understand the sources of the current epidemic of violence and how best to control it,” a BMJ commentary says.
Obama’s actions put teeth into current gun law and bolster the resources for more rigorous enforcement. They also create a fairer playing field for gun commerce.
“It’s disappointing to me that we’ve made little progress in the past 20 years in finding solutions to gun violence,” said Dr. Nina Agrawal, a pediatrician in the South Bronx.
The data also revealed “a significant three-way association among owning multiple guns, carrying a gun, and having impulsive angry behavior,” write the researchers.
Nine national medical organizations released a statement pledging support for measures to reduce gun violence, which result in 32,000 deaths a year in the United States.
Parents don’t think their child will be the victim of gun violence, yet it happens — and it changes those families forever.
“The factors responsible for mass violence are messy, complex, and dynamic — and that is a far harder sell to legislators and voters alike,” writes Maria Konnikova.
Since late 2011, mass shootings occur every 64 days in the United States, on average.
The narrowing gap is even more startling given that more than 90 percent of American households own a car while little more than a third have a gun.
Victims of gun violence are seldom asked what they would to to curb gun violence. So we did.
The group Everytown for Gun Safety identified 100 unintentional child gun deaths in 35 states over a one-year period.