Curbing gun violence in the United States

Curbing gun violence in the United States

National & World Affairs Curbing gun violence in the United States Tributes hang on the temporary fence surrounding the parking lot in front of a King Soopers grocery store in which 10 people died in a late March mass shooting. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Trending In the wake of several deadly mass shootings, President Biden announced a list of executive orders last Thursday aimed at reducing gun-related violence, and called for Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Biden’s orders included better regulation of “ghost guns” — homemade weapons that lack traceable serial numbers — and stabilizing braces that transform pistols into more lethal, short-barreled rifles. They also called for increased support for violence-intervention programs, and model “red flag” legislation to make it easier to get guns away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others. Stopping gun violence will take myriad approaches, including a range of public health efforts, according to David Hemenway , professor of health policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health , director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, and author of the 2006 book “Private Guns, Public Health.” Hemenway, who is working on a new book about firearms and public health while the Elizabeth S. and Richard M. Cashin Fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, spoke with the Gazette about what needs to be done to curb gun violence in the U.S. Q&A David Hemenway GAZETTE: What was your impression of Biden’s executive orders around gun control? HEMENWAY: Biden’s overall […]

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