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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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Debunking the Gun Free Zone Myth: “Mass Murder Magnets”

June 19, 2015

Note: This column originally appeared in The Trace In the wake of the Wednesday shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church that left nine people dead, John R. Lott Jr., the prominent researcher whose work is embraced in gun-rights circles, offered a theory of the gunman’s motive. “Churches, like the one in Charleston, preach peace,” he wrote, “but […]

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Defensive Gun Use: Gary Kleck Misfires Again

March 09, 2015

This is a response to Gary Kleck’s article in Politico.  This response is attached as an addendum there: When Gary Kleck can’t defend, he attacks. Instead of offering new insight, Kleck instead baselessly speculates on our motives, suggesting we “hope that total gun prohibition will one day be politically achievable.” To be clear: prohibition is not […]

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