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
Researchers draw on new and existing studies on US 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 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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