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Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:34 PM

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

Source: Washington Post

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


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


But policymaking requires higher-caliber evidence, from studies that go beyond simple correlations to demonstrate a causal effect. Distinguishing those studies from less-powerful ones was one of the chief objectives of the Rand report.

“For our analysis, we looked for studies that made stronger claims to identifying a causal effect of individual laws,” said Andrew Morral, one of the authors of the report. “They had to show that changes (for instance, in suicide rates) that are attributed to the law occurred only after the law was implemented (not before), and did not occur in states where the law was not implemented.”

They narrowed down thousands of studies to those that met high standards for causal evidence — just 123 of them since 1995. Taken together, this research yielded a number of conclusions.

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 the additional deaths created by stand-your-ground laws far surpass the documented cases of defensive gun use in the United States.


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


Related: Gun Policy in America (RAND)

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Thu Apr 23, 2020, 12:48 PM

1. We have to rely on independent think-tanks because the CDC isn't allowed to study

THIS pandemic that kills 40,000 Americans per year, including my grandfather.

Yes, I have a stake in each facet of my liberal ideology.

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