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The public health case for gun control

In the wake of the shooting of two journalists on live television in Virginia on August 25, 2015, several news stories have referenced gun violence research by David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and…

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

Requiring those seeking gun permits to apply in person to local police departments is likely a more effective way to prevent gun-related violence than requiring a federal background check, according to David Hemenway, professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School…

Mass public shootings increasing in U.S.

June 19, 2015 — On June 17, nine people were killed when Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center, weighed in on…

Scientists agree: Guns don’t make society safer

Scientists who conduct research on gun violence overwhelmingly agree that firearms make society more dangerous, according to a recent poll conducted by David Hemenway of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Hemenway, an expert on the public health impact of gun…

Doctors fight gun ‘gag laws’

Doctors across the country are taking action against ‘gag laws’ that would prevent then from asking patients if they have guns in their homes. One such law, passed in Florida in 2011, is currently being fought in the courts by a coalition…

Will arming women on campuses make them safer? No, says expert

Ten states are currently considering measures that would allow people to carry firearms on college campuses. And some lawmakers say that arming students could help make women safer by preventing rapes. But all evidence points to the contrary, according to an expert…

Cutting crime in a cocaine capital

The city of Cali, Colombia—considered the hub of the world’s cocaine industry in the 1980s—is now a safer, better place to live, even as drug gangs continue to war with each other, thanks to the efforts of Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard School…

Helping doctors talk to patients about guns

Doctors don’t have good ways to talk to their patients about guns—and that’s why an upcoming conference aimed at helping them do so is important, according to David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Hemenway was quoted in an…