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Guns and Children: A Tragic Combination

June 20, 2014

I have a new article out in Slate Magazine, one of the most shared columns in the last several months.  It is reproduced below. Co-authored with Devin Hughes Caroline Sparks was 2 years old. Her 5-year-old brother was playing nearby with his birthday present: a .22-caliber Crickett rifle.  His mother stepped outside for a moment, certain […]

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Why Stop-and-Frisk Does Not Work

April 16, 2014

The Inconsistency of Our Outrage The stop-and-frisk debate is instructive in that it spotlights the inconsistency in outrage that both conservatives and liberals display over the violation of constitutional rights. Many conservatives appear completely insensitive to the empirical reality that stop-and-frisk policies have led to fourth amendment violations against minorities time and time again. They […]

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Why Are They Punishing Me? Gun Control: Pragmatism, Not Punishment

March 06, 2014

Why Are They Punishing Me? There is this tenacious, although misinformed, belief among gun advocates that gun control regulation represents a form of “punishment” inflicted upon law-abiding citizens for the acts of criminals.  This sentiment is often expressed as such: They could pass a gun control law a day from now throughout eternity and it […]

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Having a Gun in the House Doesn’t Make a Woman Safer

February 24, 2014

Apologies for the long delay between posts.  I was working on getting an article published in the Atlantic, and it got through today! Read the latest article here: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/02/having-a-gun-in-the-house-doesnt-make-a-woman-safer/284022/ It examines the most recent data on firearms ownership and its effect on females and concludes that women are not made safer by owning a gun in […]

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Debunking the Five Most Important Myths About Gun Control

January 14, 2014

1. More Guns, Less Crime In response to John R. Lott’s book “More Guns, Less Crime,” a sixteen-member panel of the United States Research Council convened in 2004 to address the relationship between right-to-carry laws and crime rates.  They concluded that the existing evidence did not support the more guns, less crime hypothesis. A reexamination of […]

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