Reducing Gun Violence Through Evidence-Based Gun Policy

Monday, October 07, 2013

Daniel Webster

Professor and Director, Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Debates about gun policy often focus on the least consequential issues where public opinion is most divided or on questions that have no relevance to current gun policy options (e.g., banning handguns). Several state policies designed to keep guns from high-risk individuals are effective, though their impact is muted by weak gun laws at the federal level and in other states. These policies have broad support among gun owners and across lines of political parties. Efforts to cast gun policy debates as cultural clashes between people who like guns and those that don’t, hinder our ability to seek common ground and protect public safety.


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