Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis


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ISBN-13: 9781421411101
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 646,690
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, is a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and Director of the PhD program in Health and Public Policy. He has published numerous articles on the prevention of gun violence, firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and the prevention of youth violence. Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH, is an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. He is committed to translating research findings into policy change, regularly working with legislators, media, courts, and advocates to provide information about effective policies.

Table of Contents

Foreword Michael R. Bloomberg xi

Preface Ronald J. Daniels Michael J. Klag xix

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction Daniel W. Webster Jon S. Vernick xxv

Part I Gun Policy Lessons from the United States: Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals

1 Firearms and Violent Death in the United States Matthew Miller Deborah Azrael David Hemenway 3

2 The Limited Impact of the Brady Act: Evaluation and Implications Philip J. Cook Jens Ludwig 21

3 Preventing Gun Violence Involving People with Serious Mental Illness Jeffrey W. Swanson Allison Gilbert Robertson Linda K. Frisman Michael A. Norko Hsiu-Ju Lin Marvin S. Swartz Philip J. Cook 33

4 Evidence for Optimism: Policies to Limit Batterers' Access to Guns April M. Zeoli Shannon Frattaroli 53

5 Reconsidering the Adequacy of Current Conditions on Legal Firearm Ownership Katherine A. Vittes Daniel W. Webster Jon S. Vernick 65

6 Broadening Denial Criteria for the Purchase and Possession of Firearms: Need, Feasibility, and Effectiveness Garen J. Wintemute 77

7 Comprehensive Background Checks for Firearm Sales: Evidence from Gun Shows Garen J. Wintemute 95

8 Preventing the Diversion of Guns to Criminals through Effective Firearm Sales Laws Daniel W. Webster Jon S. Vernick Emma E. McGinty Ted Alcorn 109

9 Spurring Responsible Firearms Sales Practices through Litigation: The Impact of New York City's Lawsuits against Gun Dealers on Interstate Gun Trafficking Daniel W. Webster Jon S. Vernick 123

10 Curtailing Dangerous Sales Practices by Licensed Firearm Dealers: Legal Opportunities and Obstacles Jon S. Vernick Daniel W. Webster 133

Part II Making Gun Laws Enforceable

11 Enforcing Federal Laws against Firearms Traffickers: Raising Operational Effectiveness by Lowering Enforcement Obstacles Anthony A. Braga Peter L. Gagliardi 143

Part III Gun Policy Lessons from the United States: High-Risk Guns

12 America's Experience with the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, 1994-2004: Key Findings and Implications Christopher S. Koper 157

13 Personalized Guns: Using Technology to Save Lives Stephen P. Teret Adam D. Mernit 173

Part IV International Case Studies of Responses to Gun Violence

14 Gun Control in Great Britain after the Dunblane Shootings Michael J. North 185

15 Rational Firearm Regulation: Evidence-based Gun Laws in Australia Rebecca Peters 195

16 The Big Melt: How One Democracy Changed after Scrapping a Third of Its Firearms Philip Alpers 205

17 Brazil: Gun Control and Homicide Reduction Antonio Rangel Bandeira 213

Part V Second Amendment

18 The Scope of Regulatory Authority under the Second Amendment Lawrence E. Rosenthal Adam Winkler 225

Part VI Public Opinion on Gun Policy

19 Public Opinion on Proposals to Strengthen U.S. Gun Laws: Findings from a 2013 Survey Emma E. McGinty Daniel W. Webster Jon S. Vernick Colleen L. Barry 239

Consensus Recommendations for Reforms to Federal Gun Policies 259

Biographies of Contributors 263

Index 275

What People are Saying About This

From the Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg

The rate of firearms homicides in America is 20 times higher than it is in other economically advanced nations. We have got to change that.

Martin O'Malley

Gun violence is a public health issue. It's about the health of our children, our schools, our neighborhoods, our communities, our cities and towns. Perhaps there is no way to completely prevent the next tragedy, but that cannot be an excuse that keeps us from doing commonsense things such as preventing violent crime, locking up bad guys, and keeping assault weapons from falling into the hands of disturbed people who are a danger to others. This isn't about ideology. It's about dignity.

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