Legislating Control: A Multi-level Analysis of Gun Laws and Violence
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Gun control has long been on the list of contentious political and public policy debates. Do gun control laws minimize gun violence? The literature supporting and opposing gun control as an asset to minimizing gun violence is inconclusive; while many researchers argue for correlation between the two, showing causation is another task altogether. This research project aims to differentiate between the types of literature discussing this divisive topic, ultimately coming up with a time-and-place specific hypothesis regarding gun control laws. By examining both cross-national and longitudinal studies within the United States, this research project shows that the correlation hypothesis is quite strong. Ultimately, causation is still impossible to prove, but this research project gives a new and fresh look at the existent literature on the subject by arguing to place it within a specific time-and-place hypothesis.
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From the Paper:"It is important to begin our Literature Review by noting that in 2005, the National Research Council essentially graded empirical knowledge of gun control and gun violence at a C-, at best. A critical review put out by the Council, noted that "While a variety of disparate data sources on rates of firearm-related injuries and deaths, firearms markets, and the relationships between rates of gun ownership and violence exist, found that while some strong conclusions are warranted from current research, the state of our knowledge is generally poor" (Wellford, Pepper, & Petrie, 2005, p. 5). This concession is imperative for an accurate report of research findings regarding the topic (quantitative, qualitative, or otherwise). This research project has the unique task of taking this limited empirical knowledge and either expanding or clarifying it - most likely the latter, but potentially both."
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- Karp, A. (2007). Completing the count: Civilian firearms. In Berman, E. G. Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Kates, D. B., & Mauser, G. A. (2002). Would banning firearms reduce murder and suicide? A review of international and some domestic evidence. Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, 30 (2): 649-694.
- Kates, D. B., & Mauser, G. A. (2006). Would banning firearms reduce murder and suicide? A review of international evidence (Working Paper No: 1413). Retrieved from Bepress Legal Series website: http://law.bepress.com/expresso/eps/1413.
- Killias, M., Van Kesteren, J., & Rindlisbacher, M. (2001). Guns, violent crime, and suicide in 21 countries. Canadian Journal of Criminology, 43 (4): 429-448.
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