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Does creating gun-free zones increase safety?

Some communities have designated certain public spaces, like courthouses and municipal buildings, as gun-free zones. But experts say there’s no conclusive evidence as to whether establishing such zones increases safety. A December 4, 2019 story on WAMU (Washington,…

How a database helps prevent violent deaths

Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) has been crucial in helping policymakers, health care workers, and researchers understand more about what leads to violent deaths, including homicides and suicides,…

Medical groups issue joint call to action on gun violence

Several high-profile medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association, are calling for action on gun violence in the U.S. In a policy paper published in the Annals…

Can tearing down abandoned buildings reduce gun violence?

It’s possible that removing blighted structures from neighborhoods with high rates of gun violence could help reduce shootings, according to a new study. Researchers led by Jonathan Jay, postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,…

Questioning the reliability of gun injury data

Recent data on nonfatal gun injuries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may not be trustworthy, according to experts and even the CDC itself. The CDC’s most recent data suggest that between 31,000 and 236,000…