Mass killings and gun violence: Where is the science?

Does gun control reduce gun crimes?  Of course, both sides of the debate say they have evidence to support their positions. Here’s some local takes:

The Knight Science Journalism Tracker, responding to a PBS report that concluded there are not answers to the problem of mass shooting ,  points out that “much more data is needed to resolve some gun-control issues, but that is not the same as saying there are no answers. 

There are a variety of studies and proposals in links that Google turns up easily. One can find research from the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis is another good source.

Why not more? CommonHealth links to a JAMA article, which notes “in 1996, pro-gun members of Congress mounted an all-out effort to eliminate the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although they failed to defund the center, the House of Representatives removed $2.6 million from the CDC’s budget—precisely the amount the agency had spent on firearm injury research the previous year.”

The WBUR site also offers some consolation for complicated grief and a link to an MGH program.


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