In gun debate, both sides have evidence to back them up

In gun debate, both sides have evidence to back them up

Gun control is back in the U.S. political debate, in the wake of mass shootings in California, Boulder and Atlanta. Democrats see stricter gun control as a step toward addressing the problem. In March 2021, as the House of Representatives passed two gun control bills, Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the “ solutions will save lives .” Many Republicans disagree, arguing as Sen. Ted Cruz did that proposed laws seeking to require background checks on all firearms sales and transfers and to ban assault weapons are “ ridiculous theater ” that fail to reduce mass shootings. As two political scientists trained in data analysis , we set out to determine whether gun control legislation prevents mass shootings. We collected data on all mass shootings that occurred between February 1980 and February 2020. We then examined key information on the perpetrators, weapons used and laws in effect at the time of shooting. Our research, which is yet to be published, suggests that there is statistical evidence to support both parties’ positions about gun control legislation. While stricter gun control laws may make mass shootings slightly less common, our research suggests that the rhetoric of both parties may not tell the full story. Rather than federal gun control laws, policies that focus on violence prevention at the community or individual levels may be more effective at preventing mass shooting deaths. Using a definition of mass shootings similar to the one Congress uses, 34 states and the District of Columbia had at […]

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