Gun Violence


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    The Science of Gun Policy

    Mar 2, 2018

    What does the scientific evidence tell us about the effects of gun policies? Part of the RAND Gun Policy in America initiative, this report assesses the available evidence for the effects of commonly proposed gun laws on firearm deaths, violent crime, suicide, the gun industry, hunting and sport shooting, and other outcomes.

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    Informing the Gun Policy Debate

    Mar 2, 2018

    RAND's Gun Policy in America initiative provides information on what scientific research can tell us about the effects of gun laws. Our goal is to establish a shared set of facts that will improve public discussions and support the development of fair and effective gun policies.

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    Responding to Newtown

    Art Kellermann reviews what is known from broad outlines of the Newtown attack and past research on gun violence to offer some preliminary thoughts to the Obama Administration's task force and the public.

    Dec 26, 2012

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    Shifting the Burden of Mental Health Care: Helping Families

    In our national conversation on mental health, we should remember the role of families when thinking about treatment and ensure that our policies open up opportunities to support parents, siblings and relatives, and enhance their capacity for care, writes Ramya Chari.

    Dec 21, 2012

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    Silencing the Science on Gun Research

    The United States has long relied on public health science to improve the safety, health, and lives of its citizens. Perhaps the same straightforward, problem-solving approach that worked well in other circumstances can help the nation meet the challenge of firearm violence, writes Arthur Kellermann.

    Dec 21, 2012

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    In Connecticut, Recovery and Healing Will Take Time

    With an event like this, “recovery” doesn't mean a return to normal, because lives have been permanently altered. Recovery can only mean finding a new normal, a new path forward. And schools, those places of safety and healthy development, can help with that process, by providing a structure and community to support healing, writes Lisa Jaycox.

    Dec 20, 2012

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    Reducing Gun Violence

    An initiative that successfully reduced gun violence in Boston was adapted for a section of East Los Angeles with prevalent gang activity. Though not implemented as planned, the intervention helped reduce violent and gang crime in the targeted districts, both during and immediately after implementation.

    Dec 22, 2010

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    The Effect of Urban Street Gang Densities on Small Area Homicide Incidence in a Large Metropolitan County, 1994-2002

    The presence of street gangs has been hypothesized as influencing overall levels of violence in urban communities through a process of gun-drug diffusion and crosstype homicide.

    Jan 1, 2009

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    Agency Collaboration, Community Participation Vital To Cut Violent Gang-related Neighborhood Crime

    A RAND Corporation study issued today concludes that stepped-up law enforcement—combined with increased cooperation between police, prosecutors, probation authorities and community groups—can help reduce gun violence in areas plagued by violent gangs.

    Nov 12, 2003

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    Reducing Firearms Violence Through Directed Police Patrol

    A specific deterrence strategy whereby the police utilize directed patrol to focus on suspicious activities and locations reduced violent gun crime.

    Jan 1, 2001

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    How Youthful Offenders Perceive Gun Violence

    How Youthful Offenders Perceive Gun Violence

    Jan 1, 1999

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    Beth Ann Griffin

    Senior Statistician; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in biostatistics, Harvard University; S.M. in biostatistics, Harvard University; B.A. in mathematics, University of Pennsylvania

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    Giacomo Persi Paoli

    Associate Research Group Director, Defence, Security, and Infrastructure, RAND Europe; Head of the Center for Futures and Foresight Studies
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of Roma Tor Vergata (Italy); M.A. in international science and diplomacy, University of Trieste (Italy); M.A. in political science, University of Pisa (Italy)

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    Samuel Peterson

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in criminal justice, University of Cincinnati

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    Jamie Ryan

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health policy, Columbia University; B.S. in biopsychology, Tufts University

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    Sierra Smucker

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, Duke University; M.Sc. in social policy, London School of Economics