An analysis of the future of the gun control

Defensive Gun Use Over the past decade, a number of researchers have conducted studies to measure the prevalence of defensive gun use in the population.

The issue of substitution of the means of committing homicide or suicide has been almost entirely ignored in the literature. Should regulations differ for different types of firearms? The problem with this theory is that criminals also have access to cars, and can easily obtain firearms in neighboring states or counties.

Drawing causal inferences is always complicated and, in the behavioral and social sciences, fraught with uncertainty. The committee found that answers to some of the most pressing questions cannot be addressed with existing data and research methods, however well designed.

Deterrence and Defense Although a large body of research has focused on the effects of firearms on injury, crime, and suicide, far less attention has been devoted to understanding the defensive and deterrent effects of firearms.

In the absence of the pathways currently used for gun acquisition, could individuals have obtained alternative weapons with which they could have wrought equivalent harm? It is simply not known whether it is actually possible to shut down illegal pipelines of guns to criminals nor the costs of doing so.

Although some knowledge may be gained from further ecological studies, the most important priority appears to the committee to be individual-level studies of the association between gun ownership and violence.

We also recognize the argument that some people may refuse to supply such information in any system, especially those who are most likely to use guns illegally. Because of the pervasiveness of guns and the variety of legal and illegal means of acquiring them, it is difficult to keep firearms from people barred by law from possessing them.

Universal background checks would create a federal database of gun owners Despite Charleston killings, moves towards US gun control at a standstill Read more One of the myths that ended the background checks bill in the Senate two years ago was the claim — perpetrated by the gun lobby and swallowed by most Republicans — was that it would create a national registry of gun owners.

In the Navy Yard incident, the shooter legally purchased firearms in neighboring Virginia despite a criminal record and mental health issues — exposing gaps in the current background checks system. Substitution can occur in many dimensions: The committee recommends that appropriate access be given to data maintained by regulatory and law enforcement agencies, including the trace data maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; registration data maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and state agencies; and manufacturing and sales data for research purposes.

The evidence to date does not adequately indicate either the sign or the magnitude of a causal link between the passage of right-to-carry laws and crime rates. The committee recommends support of further individual-level studies of the link between firearms and both lethal and nonlethal suicidal behavior.

For example, in the United States, suicide appears to be positively associated with rates of firearms ownership, but homicide is not.

Page 4 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Despite its pledge to reward politicians who stood up for gun rights, the NRA did nothing to help either senator. A substantial research literature on reporting errors in other contexts, as well as well-established survey sampling methods, can and should be brought to bear to evaluate these response problems.

Aggregate data on injury and ownership can only demonstrate associations of varying strength between firearms and adverse outcomes of interest.

Ultimately, it is an empirical question whether defensive gun use and concealed weapons laws generate net social benefits or net social costs.

Because of current data limitations, researchers have relied primarily on two different methodologies. US senators Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska — two of just four Democrats who joined Republicans in blocking a Senate bill to expand background checks — both lost their re-elections anyway.

As Justice Stevens wrote, it "leaves for future cases the formidable task of defining the scope" of its impact. Thus, in addition to the recommendations related to firearms and crime below, the committee also recommends further studies of the link between firearms policy and suicide.

Dick Anthony Heller, a security guard, filed suit against the district after it denied him permission to register, and thereby keep, a handgun intended for self-defense within his home. At issue in the present case, District of Columbia v.

Linking the research and data questions will help define the data that are needed. Case-control studies show that violence is positively associated with firearms ownership, but they have not determined whether these associations reflect causal mechanisms.

In fact, the Manchin-Toomey legislation explicitly barred the creation of a federal database in its text, but opponents insisted it would infringe on the liberties of gun owners in America.

Currently, no national surveys on ownership designed to examine the relationship exist.

11 myths about the future of gun control, debunked after the Charleston shooting

Both Tushnet and Barnett agree that Chicago, which has banned gun ownership sinceis likely to be the setting for the next major gun rights battle.Gun Control: The Great Cop-out by Jared Machaud and Gun Control and the Constitution by David B.

Rivkin Jr. and Andrew M. Grossman effectively display the anti-gun control side of this discussion; whereas The Second Amendment. Gun-control advocates say the ruling's focus on gun bans safeguards reasonable gun restrictions from the flurry of litigation it will undoubtedly trigger. "The Court's decision indicated regulation of guns, as opposed to the banning of handguns, is entirely permissible," says Dennis Henigan, vice president for law and policy at the Brady.

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By Staff News & Analysis - January 11, In general, rifles, shotguns, revolvers and handguns may be registered in the District of Columbia.

Per DC Official Code as amended by the Firearms Control Amendment ofregistration of the following firearms is prohibited in the District. The most consistent and powerful predictor of future violence is a history of violent behavior. The foregoing analysis of the link between gender and gun violence suggests the potential value of addressing gender in efforts to define the problem of gun violence and develop preventive responses.

Gun Control Act of18 U.S.C., § Jan 16,  · Analysis: With gun control, Obama takes political chance. The beauty of a second term presidency, at least for the man in the Oval Office, is that political calculations become less important.

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