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Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis Paperback – January 25, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1421411101 ISBN-10: 1421411105 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (January 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421411105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421411101
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A masterful, timely, data-driven edited volume on gun control policy options in the U.S. The contributors use a public health lens to examine gun violence and explore issues ranging from mental health concerns to suicide.... The strength of this book is the mixed-method approach in compiling information on many policy options related to gun control, which utilizes case studies and quantitative evidence to make the case for policy change.... The contributors are optimistic and lay out concrete policy options in ways that are both sophisticated and easily accessible to all.

(Choice)

An anthology of studies, condensing and summarizing the actual state of our knowledge about the subject of gun violence in this country—what real, tested social science shows.

(Adam Gopnik New Yorker)

Surprisingly accessible and startlingly grim. Thankfully, the editors have done an excellent job organizing the material, which moves from current policy shortcomings to proposals for federal reforms. The debate that's raging might leave you feeling hopeless, which this book suggests otherwise.

(John Lewis Baltimore Magazine)

This is a 'must' for any concerned about gun control.

(Midwest Book Review)

The rate of firearms homicides in America is 20 times higher than it is in other economically advanced nations. We have got to change that.

(From the Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City)

Gun violence is a public health issue. It's about the health of our children, our schools, our neighborhoods, our communities, our cities and towns. Perhaps there is no way to completely prevent the next tragedy, but that cannot be an excuse that keeps us from doing commonsense things such as preventing violent crime, locking up bad guys, and keeping assault weapons from falling into the hands of disturbed people who are a danger to others. This isn't about ideology. It's about dignity.

(Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland)

We’ve all heard the saying that when arguing we should ‘disagree without being disagreeable’ but, when it comes to guns, we often find ourselves disagreeing without actually disagreeing. Most Americans believe in some kinds of gun control. Most Americans recognize the ‘right to bear arms’. Most agree that expanded background checks can be useful in keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous or irresponsible people. Considering that there is so much agreement on basic policy, what the gun debate desperately needs is sober clear-headed analysis. Reducing Gun Violence in America edited by Daniel Webster contributes greatly to this need.

(Shawn Hamilton New Books in Public Policy)

About the Author

Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, is a professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and Director of the PhD program in Health and Public Policy. He has published numerous articles on the prevention of gun violence, firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and the prevention of youth violence. Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH, is an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. He is committed to translating research findings into policy change, regularly working with legislators, media, courts, and advocates to provide information about effective policies.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Book Shark TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2013
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Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis Edited by Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick

"Reducing Gun Violence in America Guns" is a comprehensive collection of rigorous essays/studies with the purpose of providing evidence-based research on how to reduce gun violence in America. This book takes an impassive approach to the very incendiary topical issue of violence and gun policy. Driven by the massacre of Newtown, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research organized a gun-debate summit and edited this timely book. This excellent reference quality book is 320 pages long and is composed of nineteen chapters and broken out into the following six parts: 1. Gun Policy Lessons from the United States; Keeping Guns from High-Risk Individuals, 2. Making Gun Laws Enforceable, 3. Gun Policy Lessons from the United States; High-Risk Guns, 4. International Case Studies, 5. Second Amendment, and 6. Public Opinion on Gun Policy.

Positives:
1. A much needed evidence-based book on such an incendiary timely topic.
2. An excellent forward by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Does a great job of summarizing seven pragmatic measures to reduce gun violence; three at the legislative level and four at the executive level.
3. The purpose of this book is to share research from more than twenty of the world's top gun-policy experts that would inform important policy. Mission accomplished.
4. This book takes an impassive, scientific approach. The authors do a good job of letting the reader know the limitations of our knowledge.
5. Provides a number of charts to back research. Many of interesting facts and tidbits interspersed throughout the book.
6. Countering misconceptions about gun policy.
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20 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Licensed gun owner on February 12, 2013
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This is not the usual collection of unsourced claims about gun violence in America. Instead, the Baltimore Gun Summit at Johns Hopkins University brought together many of the world's most knowledgable gun violence prevention experts to present today's most topical summary of knowledge -- solid, evidence-based findings which could slow the carnage of armed violence in the United States. For the next several years, this is likely to remain the most useful compendium of constructive ideas and recommendations in its field.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oleh Weres on May 19, 2013
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Required reading with massive amount of important, reliable information on the issue. However, many of the contributions were written by academics for academics employing methods of statistical analysis too technical for a nonspecialist reader to follow.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip Holman on May 1, 2013
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The facts are laid out. Breakdowns on homicide/suicide/accidents related to gun ownership and the classes of people who commit these acts. Unfortunately, some folk will have a hard time interpreting the data or will introduce obscuring evidence to support a pre-formed and often biased position. Example: the reviewer here who brings up the fact that hospital mortality rates for accidents/malpractice/secondary infections etc are a lot higher than gun homicide rates. Without the statistic on the number of lives saved by the hospitals, the statistic is misleading and one would hope (rhetoric) lives saved was much higher than lives lost. Nevertheless this statistic and many like it are illogically used to support a position for no gun control reform. Given the US culture of gun ownership and the hangers on to the 2nd amendment as written, the only thing this book will do, as CSNY ask in their song, will be to provide a number to the problem "find the cost of freedom, buried in the ground". Which was 30 000 in 2012. In 2 years, the number of gun deaths is about equal to all the US KIA casualties of the Vietnam War; a much more relevant fact. I have no particular bias towards owning guns but as a responsible citizen I think something should be done to reduce the 30 000/year statistic.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Teig Schneider on October 29, 2013
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This collection of essays, about a very emotional and personal issue in America, is a gem. It cuts through the cliches and generalizations about gun violence and gun ownership with national and international evidence and tackles the numerous issues related to both in a specified and clear manner.

It's amazing how stubborn we can be, allowing our emotions to "rationalize" so-called truths without any evidence or coherency. This book shows how inane and false much dialogue (if you can call it that) is about guns. It does not promote anything like a knee-jerk reaction that demands complete banning of guns, but also shows how ridiculous it is that we allow them to be handed out like candy on Halloween (my words). There are many pieces of evidence that show we could very well create respectable, but responsible gun laws that insure a strict licence of gun-ownership, keeping them away from individuals who will more or less likely use them to do harm.

The problem is, Americans, both layman and political representatives, have to read this book first.

It is both a) Very rare to see any discussion/debate backed up by detailed reasoning expressing the gray areas of such a complicated subject, and b) expressing the honest desire to do so.

This book is not easy. It is scholarly and technical. But this kind of research, and our ability to read and understand it, is necessary for progress to occur. This is the type of book that makes us better as individuals and as a community. We just have to live up to its demands for the the search for truth. This 'searching' is something that we find together and that we never assume ownership.
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