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More Guns, More Suicides: Why Suicide Prevention Depends Upon Gun Restrictions

October 19, 2015

Note: This article originally appeared in The Trace on September 16th, 2015 Last week the Brady Campaign released an extensively researched report titled “The Truth About Guns & Suicide,” kickstarting a long overdue conversation on the role firearms play in suicides. The Washington Post, for instance, called the phenomenon “The death toll from guns no […]

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Debunking the “Criminals Don’t Follow Laws” Myth 2.0: Why Gun Control Works

September 17, 2015

*Note- This article originally appeared in The Trace on September 8th.  This is a continuation of our earlier column debunking “criminals don’t follow laws.” Despite the fact that mass shootings are predominantly an American phenomenon, gun advocates are quick to insist that there is nothing we can do to prevent them. Instead, they suggest these murders could […]

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French President Francois Hollande (L) poses with Americans Alek Skarlatos (2nd L), Spencer Stone (2nd R) and Anthony Sandler (L), and US ambassador to France Jane D. Hartley (C) after a ceremony in their honor at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France on August 24, 2015. The three American friends and British man Chris Norman have been awarded the Legion of Honor medal for bravery. They prevented a massacre aboard a Thalys high-speed train en route to Paris from Amsterdam on Friday when a heavily armed Moroccan gunman known as Ayoub El Khazzani opened fire. Photo by Christian Liewig/Sipa USA

Good Guys Without Guns Thwart French Train Shooter, Validate Data

September 17, 2015

Note – This article originally appeared in The Trace on August 25th Late last Friday afternoon on a train bound for Paris, a man armed with an AK-47, Luger pistol, and a box-cutter opened fire after being confronted by a passenger on the way to the bathroom, grievously injuring another traveler. Hearing the gunshots, three Americans and a […]

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The Myth of The Mentally Ill Shooter: Why the NRA Blames Mental Illness And Ignores Alcohol Abuse

August 08, 2015

In the wake of the mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, investigators and the media have pored over the gunman’s personal life, trying to find an explanation for what might have caused the tragedy. As the FBI continues to look into the shooter’s potential terror ties, reports have already begun to reveal a troubling history of […]

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More Holes in the Defensive Gun Use Myth: New Study Finds DGU is Ineffective and Rare

July 17, 2015

A recent study published in The Journal of Preventive Medicine offers new support for the argument that owning a gun does not make you safer. The study, led by David Hemenway, Ph.D., of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, examines data from the National Crime Victimization Survey — an annual survey of 90,000 households […]

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People Who Own Guns Least Likely To Use Them – New Illinois Data Debunks “More Guns, Less Crime”

July 14, 2015

Note – This article originally appeared in The Trace This week the Chicago Sun-Times issued a report on the rise of concealed carry in Chicago. The report, based on an analysis of statewide concealed-carry permit data, showed that residents of high-crime neighborhoods and those with high numbers of police officers had been issued the most permits, […]

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The Simple Solution To Gun Violence? Permits.

July 08, 2015

Note – This article originally appeared in The Trace Permit-to-purchase systems are backed by strong data. Is congressional legislation that would take the idea national the proposal more people should be debating? Earlier this month, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat running for Senate, introduced legislation that would put a surprisingly formidable obstacle between dangerous […]

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How America’s Lax Gun Laws Aid Mass Murderers and Cripple Communities of Color

July 08, 2015

Note – This article originally appeared in VICE Gun Free Zones Don’t Attract Mass Shootings In the wake of the massacre at Charleston’s African Methodist Episcopal Church last month, gun rights advocates have been quick to seize the opportunity to evangelize on the merits of gun ownership, insisting that tragedy could have been avoided if […]

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