Rethinking Gun Control is a reader's digest of the key Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm Related Violence (National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, June 2013). The report is a comprehensive review of gun violence as requested by President Obama in January of this year. Mr. Saletan summarizes ten key concepts, and points out that the incidence of defensive gun use is on the same scale as criminal gun use. If you only have fifteen minutes to think about gun law and poilcy this week, please bookmark this diary, and go read Mr. Saleton's article. Some of the findings may surprise you.
Surprising findings from a comprehensive report on gun violence.
June 24, 2013, William Saletan, Slate
Background checks are back. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that five U.S. senators—enough to change the outcome—have told him they’re looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who led the fight for the bill, is firing back at the National Rifle Association with a new TV ad. The White House, emboldened by polls that indicate damage to senators who voted against the bill, is pushing Congress to reconsider it.
Priorities for Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm Related Violence (National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, 2013)
Like voting laws, most gun laws are passed and enforced at the state level. If we are to remain a broad coalition of urban and rural voters, we must educate ourselves about firearm technology and law. If we are to become effective advocates for change, we need to educate ourselves about state and local laws where we live, so that we can join with our neighbors and community leaders to demand effective action. If we don't master both the technology and legitimate fears, we will remain vulnerable to poorly written gun safety bills that can't pass, or that are ineffective even if they do become law. With 300 million guns in circulation, the impact of any new laws may take time to manifest. There are always unintended consequences. Let us always bear in mind the intent may be genuine but the resulting law may still fail to address the problem it sought to solve.
In a previous diary I looked at who is prohibited from buying/owning firearms, Background Check 101 - What is a Straw Buyer?
Most of the 300 million firearms in the US start out in the hands of a law abiding gun owner. With ongoing daily shootings and recent mass murders galvanizing debate, many are asking themselves more urgently than ever before "How do so many guns find their way into homes and hands where injury and death result?"Join us to discuss which of Mr. Saletan’s ten points surprised you the most.
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