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Reducing Gun Violence in America
Author: Daniel W. Webster

ISBN: 9781421411101
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 12 March 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5 x 2.1
Description:


The staggering toll of gun violence-which claims 31,000 U.S. lives each year-is an urgent public health issue that demands an effective evidence-based policy response.

The Johns Hopkins University convened more than 20 of the world's leading experts on gun violence and policy to summarize relevant research and recommend policies that are both constitutional and have broad public support. Collected for the first time in one volume, this reliable, empirical research and legal analysis will help lawmakers, opinion leaders, and concerned citizens identify policy changes to address mass shootings, along with the less-publicized gun violence that takes an average of 80 lives every day.

Selected recommendations include:

Background checks: Establish a universal background check system for all persons purchasing a firearm from any seller. High-risk individuals: Expand the set of conditions that disqualify an individual from legally purchasing a firearm. Mental health: Focus federal restrictions on gun purchases by persons with serious mental illness on the dangerousness of the individual. Trafficking and dealer licensing: Appoint a...

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