Homeland Security and Public Safety


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  • A line of guns on display in a store, photo by Alexandor Filon/Adobe Stock


    Evidence About Effects of Gun Policies Is Growing

    There is now supportive evidence that child-access-prevention laws reduce firearm homicides and self-injuries among youth. And “shall-issue” concealed-carry laws and stand-your-ground laws are associated with increases in firearm homicides.

    Jan 10, 2023

  • Two FDNY EMTs stand next to ambulances parked outside the Emergency entrance to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, April 28, 2022, photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA via Reuters Connect


    Toward 'Smarter' Federal Funding of Public Health Emergencies

    The next public health emergency or large-scale disaster may be looming. It may be time to rethink the way federal relief funds are sought and allocated so that aid is more rapidly, accurately, and fairly distributed to hospitals and health systems. This could help ensure patients and communities get the care when and where they need it when crisis hits.

    Dec 20, 2022

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