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Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:22 AM

Researchers reviewed thousands of gun policy studies and teased out a consensus

The findings on stand-your-ground and child access prevention laws are conclusive, the report says


By
Christopher Ingraham

April 23, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

Gun control discussions often get mired in competing academic claims regarding the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of various policy options.

Do concealed carry laws increase violent crime or make communities safer? Do assault weapon bans reduce mass shootings or do they have no effect? Do background checks reduce homicides and suicides or are they ineffective?

With so many disparate findings swirling about, it can be difficult to determine where the balance of evidence lies. But a new report from Rand Corp., a nonprofit think tank, has distilled reams of gun policy research published since 1995 to tease out the scholarly consensus.

In other words, they’ve waded through thousands of findings so you (and your elected representatives) don’t have to.

( excerpt) First, there was a clear consensus (indicated by three or more high-quality studies in agreement) that stand-your-ground laws, which allow people to use guns to defend themselves in public even if retreating is an option, result in higher overall rates of gun homicide. The higher rates aren’t simply from “bad guys” getting shot; the research shows that the additional deaths created by stand-your-ground laws far surpass the documented cases of defensive gun use in the United States.

There was also a broad consensus that child access prevention laws, which set requirements for how guns must be stored at home, are effective in reducing self-inflicted gun injuries among children and adults.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/23/definitive-guide-which-gun-safety-policies-actually-work/

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BeckyDem Apr 2020 OP
lark Apr 2020 #1
billh58 Apr 2020 #6
lark Apr 2020 #7
CrispyQ Apr 2020 #2
keithbvadu2 Apr 2020 #3
keithbvadu2 Apr 2020 #4
DBoon Apr 2020 #5

Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:34 AM

1. Great article.

I'd love to see "STand Your Ground" made unconstitutional as it's just intended to be a license to kill minorities.

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Response to lark (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 11:09 AM

6. Stand your ground is

nothing more than legalized vigilantism and an incentive to carry out summary executions. It is the answer to every gun humper's dreams of becoming another famous "public protector" like George Zimmerman.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 11:11 AM

7. It's a disgusting, dishonorable law made for bad purposes.

I truly hate it.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:38 AM

2. Kick, kick, kick!

WaPo has a paywall, but here's the study from the link in the article:

https://www.rand.org/research/gun-policy.html

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:52 AM

3. To the gun industry, dead children are merely collateral damage/acceptable losses for gun industry p

To the gun industry, dead children are merely collateral damage/acceptable losses for gun industry profits and political donations.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:54 AM

4. Joe The Plumber: 'Your Dead Kids Don't Trump My Constitutional Rights' To Have Guns

Joe The Plumber: ‘Your Dead Kids Don’t Trump My Constitutional Rights’ To Have Guns

Ironic how he chose that verb back in 2014

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/27/joe-the-plumber-guns_n_5397981.html

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 10:57 AM

5. RAND generally slants right in a technocratic free market way

They are definitely NOT a liberal or progressive think tank. They focus on number crunching.

To me this gives the results additional validity.

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