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NCJ Number: 148073 Find in a Library
Title: Policy Research on Firearms and Violence
Journal: Health Affairs  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:special issue (Winter 1993)  Pages:109-122
Author(s): F E Zimring
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 14
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author argues that much research is needed to form sound policy on the much debated and politicized issue of gun control, and proposes a research agenda.
Abstract: The research agenda should include exploration into: 1) the effects of firearm use on the mortality and morbidity costs of violence; 2) the extent to which particular firearm interventions can reduce the costs of violence by limiting use of firearms; and 3) the extent to which the benefits of firearm interventions justify public and private expenditures on them. Some key issues that should be studied are the relationship between firearms and suicide, and the long-range costs and benefits of gun control. In 1990, a firearm was the instrument of death in 18,885 suicides, 16,218 homicides, and 1,416 accidents. Research-informed interventions have produced tremendous reductions in highway fatalities (in terms of deaths per miles driven) but no such research has been dedicated toward reducing firearm fatalities. Chart, 18 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention measures
Index Term(s): Criminology; Firearms; Gun control legislation; Police; Research uses in policymaking; Violence
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