Gun Violence—Make It Stop (2018)

TITLE: Gun Violence—Make It Stop (Editorial)
DATE: Jan/Feb 2018
AUTHOR(S): Kathleen Ahern Gould RN, MSN. PhD
JOURNAL: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing


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Owning Guns Doesn’t Preserve Freedom (2013)

TITLE: Owning Guns Doesn’t Preserve Freedom (2013)
SOURCE: The Atlantic
AUTHOR: Casey Michel

NOTES: (1) Studies show there is very little correlation between heavily armed citizens & democracy around the world. (2) Juxtaposing the US with Switzerland, China, or Cuba (a handful of the 175 countries with data on the subject) is cherry-picking. Counterarguments are easy presented with the majority of countries. (Ghana, Indonesia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Venezuela, Russia, etc.)

Kids and guns: ‘These are not isolated tragedies’ (2013)

TITLE: Kids and guns: ‘These are not isolated tragedies (2013)
AUTHOR: Jen Christensen

NOTES: Reports on JAMA article (in section 1), “Firearm Injuries of Children and Adolescents in 2 Colorado Trauma Centers: 2000-2008” by Drs. Sauaia, Miller, Moore, & Partrick. JAMA. 2013;309(16):1683-1685. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3354. (1) There is a morbid pattern of gun violence-related injuries for children; (2) gun violence happens to children on a routine basis (i.e. gun inquiries are not isolated tragedies).(3) Federal funding for gun research is rare & deliberate (Since ‘96, NRA-backed federal law has prohibited all DHHS agencies, including the CDC from using funds, “in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.”

How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? (2013)

TITLE: How Many People Have Been Killed by Guns Since Newtown? (2013)
AUTHORS: Chris Kirk & Dan Kois


NOTES: Interactive map & data set, with filters for Age, Gender, Location, Date, showing all gun deaths since Newtown Massacre.

TWEETS: (1) (2) via @AndreiNikit (compared to Americans killed in Iraq)

US, UK See Wide Gap in Gun Laws, ‘Violent Crime’ (2013)

TITLE: US, UK See Wide Gap in Gun Laws, ‘Violent Crime’ (2013)


AUTHOR(s): Ray Downs

NOTES: UK does NOT have a higher violent crime rate; they just classify violent crimes differently, leading to inaccurate comparisons. USA has higher rape, murder, burglary rates than UK.


Study: States with more gun laws have less gun violence (2013)

TITLE: Study: States with more gun laws have less gun violence (2013).
AUTHOR: Yamiche Alcindor

NOTES: research gives clear evidence that tougher laws on guns have a role in preventing firearms deaths from both homicide and suicide. (2) researchers used CDC data from all 50 states between 2007 to 2010.

Gun Violence Annual Cost: $12 billion (2013)

TITLE: Gun Violence Annual Cost: $12 billion (2013)
AUTHOR:  Kelly Kennedy

NOTE: Gunshot wounds and deaths cost Americans at least $12 billion a year in court proceedings, insurance costs and hospitalizations paid for by government health programs; (2) medical care for a fatal shooting averages >$28K

Want Background Checks? Repeal PLCA Act (2013)

TITLE: Want Background Checks? Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2013)
SOURCE: DailyKos

AUTHOR: Mike Edelman (@HawksLoveDoves)
NOTES: Article deals with the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms (PLCA) Act, the “legal equivalent of a bulletproof vest for gun manufacturers, shielding them from all liability in the majority of civil lawsuits arising out of the unlawful use of their products.” (2) Avoidance for profit: to avoid liability, gun manufacturers could simply stop making the guns that are most frequently used by criminals. Or, gun manufacturers could restrict the marketing of these guns to only law enforcement agencies. (3) Rather, gun lobby passed changed the law so that “courts are required by law to dismiss the vast majority of lawsuits against gun manufacturers arising out of unlawful gun violence.”


Gun Violence in America: The 13 Key Questions (2013)

TITLE: Gun Violence in America: The 13 Key Questions (With 13 Concise Answers) The Atlantic (2013)
SOURCE: The Atlantic

FINDINGS (loads of data): (1) overall # of guns has increased to about 1 gun per person, up from 1 gun for every 2 persons in the 1960s. (2) 6,220 of those homicides by firearm (72%) are known to have involved a handgun, (3) 19,392 of 38,264 suicides in 2010 involved a gun (50%), (4) about 40% of households have at least 1 gun, (5) there have been 62 incidents of mass shootings in the US, from 1982-2012. Of these, a semi-automatic handgun was used in 75% of mass shootings whereas an assault weapon was used in 40% of mass shootings, (6) we need better research to evaluate most effective public policies addressing gun violence; (7) The U.S. has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world, by far.


Gun owner Stephen King adds voice to gun-control debate (2013)

TITLE: Gun owner Stephen King adds voice to gun-control debate (2013).
AUTHOR: Bob Minzesheimer

NOTES: “If you can’t kill a home invader (or your wife, up in the middle of the night to get a snack from the fridge) with ten shots, you need to go back to the local shooting range.”

Catholic Leaders Challenge ‘Pro-Life’ Politicians To Oppose Gun Violence (2013)

TITLE: Catholic Leaders Challenge ‘Pro-Life’ Politicians To Oppose Gun Violence, Not Just Abortion (2013)
SOURCE:  Think Progress Health
AUTHOR(s): Tara Culp-Ressler

NOTES: References statement from 60 Catholic clergy, theologians, & leaders, urging members of Congress to take greater “moral leadership & courage” to fight for gun control / reduction in gun violence. Analogizes abortion & gun violence. Identifies several Catholic members of Congress who are also “A” rated by NRA: J.Boehner, P.Ryan, J.Donnelly, H.Heitkamp, & urges them to take action.


Was the NRA Started to Drive Out the KKK? (2013)

TITLE: Was the National Rifle Association Started to Drive Out the KKK? (2013)
AUTHOR: Warren Throckmorton

NOTES: Debunks claims that NRA started to help Southern Blacks vs. KKK. Was actually started by Northern military officers to address poor marksmanship


Why Gun Politics Are No Longer Dangerous For Democrats (2013)

TITLE: Why Gun Politics Are No Longer Dangerous For Democrats (2013)
SOURCE: Washington Post
AUTHOR(s): Greg Sargent

NOTES: Polling & demographic data show Americans support common sense gun control legislation. Also, democratic demographics increasingly pro-gun control.


No, Hitler Did Not Ban Guns,& Neither Did Mussolini, Castro, Stalin or Pol Pot (2013)

TITLE: No, Hitler Did Not Ban Guns,& Neither Did Mussolini, Castro, Stalin or Pol Pot (2013)
SOURCE: Everything Possible Happens
AUTHOR(s): John Avignone

NOTES: Gun control laws in Germany (& Italy, Cuba, USSR, Cambodia) did not cause oppression of citizens. Ridiculous to speculate that small number of lightly-armed civilians could have fought off dictators’ governments. German gun restrictions came in 1938, after Nazis thoroughly in power. Castro’s revolution succeeded in part from GIVING people guns, not restricting them. There was no hand gun restriction in Cuba. Cambodia restricted Vietnamese gun traders, but not guns themselves. Stalin & Mussolini passed no gun control laws. Gun laws in Chicago, Switzerland, Israel have worked.

Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment (2013)

TITLE: Let’s Repeal the Second Amendment (2013)
SOURCE: Vanity Fair
AUTHOR(s): Kurt Eichenwald (Wikipedia bio)
FIELD: Editorial, with references

FINDINGS: 2nd Amendment is a mess grammatically & interpretively through history. “Well Regulated” = “Well Trained”; “Militia” = “Military Group”; State = The individual States, specific subsets of people were, are, & should be denied the right (e.g. mentally ill), thus should be repealed. History of NRA attempts to subvert appropriate limitations of right (e.g. mentally ill). Appropriate to limit the right because times change: e.g. free speech has been limited by regulations on who can use which broadcast frequencies. So, evolution of weaponry creates a state interest in regulation. Proposed replacement amendment: “The people retain the right to keep & bear arms, subject to reasonable restrictions deemed necessary by the Congress & the President to secure the lives & well being of others.” To make this practical, he proposes Liability Insurance for gun owners.

NOTES: List of many mass shootings back to 1984; Supports right to bear arms but advocates repeal/replacement of 2nd amendment; different versions of amendment passed by States vs. Congress; review of SCOTUS opinions; some constitutional analysis/analogy.


At the ER, Bearing Witness to Gun Violence (2013)

TITLE: At the ER, Bearing Witness to Gun Violence (2013)
AUTHOR: David Newman

NOTES: Appeal from ER physician & military veteran to take action on gun violence as a public health issue. Personal anecdotes. References to research showing dangers of having a gun in the home.


US Gun Policies: Facts You Should Know (2012)

TITLE: US Gun Policies: Facts You Should Know (2012)
SOURCE: Morss Global Finance
AUTHOR: Elliott R. Morss, Ph.D.

NOTES: (1) The US ranks 1st against 177 other countries in the number of civilian guns owned – 270 million. (2) Of the countries that have more shootings than the US, most are from Central and South America where criminal elements developed to provide illegal drugs to the US. (3) In Japan, most kinds of guns are illegal…in 2008, there were 11 shooting homicides. Similarly, in 2009, only 18 people were murdered with a firearm in the UK. (4) In high income countries, guns are used primarily for suicides, not homicides. (5) Unintentional gun deaths are much higher where citizens own more guns.

A Market Driven Solution to Counter the Proliferation of Gun Violence (2012)

TITLE: A Market Driven Solution to Counter the Proliferation of Gun Violence (2012)
SOURCE: Good Men Project
AUTHOR(s): Mark Greene

NOTES: Outlines rationale for requiring liability insurance for gun owners. Similar to auto insurance, rate would vary based on type of gun, age of owner, etc. Shifts burden of “regulation” & background checks to insurance industry, which is very good at risk analysis, & more efficient than government.


The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood (2012)

TITLE: The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neighborhood (2012)
AUTHOR(S): Dwight R. Worley

NOTES: Interactive maps are also available via

How to reduce the toll from US gun violence (2012)

TITLE: How to reduce the toll from US gun violence (2012)
SOURCE: New Scientist
AUTHOR(S): Peter Aldhous

NOTES: in ‘10, there were 11,078 homicides & 19,392 suicides committed using firearms in the US.

Guns in homes pose greater risk to families than to intruders (2012)

TITLE: Guns in homes pose greater risk to families than to intruders, data show (2012)
SOURCE: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
AUTHOR(s): James Rowen

NOTES: for every time a gun in or around the home was used in self-defense, or in a legally justified shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, & 11 attempted or completed suicides. That’s one self-defense shooting for 22 accidental, suicidal or criminal shootings — hardly support for the notion that having a gun handy makes people safer. Other studies show that women & children are disproportionately the victims of such gunshots, & that when children commit suicide, guns in their home or at their friends or relatives’ homes are used.


American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015 (2012)

TITLE: American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015 (2012)
SOURCE: Bloomberg
AUTHORS: Chris Christoff & Ilan Kolet

NOTES: (1) Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend, (2) Every day, one of those killed by firearms is 14 or younger, (3) more than 200 people go to U.S. emergency rooms every day with gunshot wounds.

So you think you know the Second Amendment? (2012)

TITLE: So you think you know the Second Amendment (2012)
SOURCE: The New Yorker
AUTHOR: Jeffrey Toobin


(1) The Second Amendment is not only a matter of law, but a matter of politics. Conservatives put originalism aside to alter a long-held legal interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. (2) The text of the amendment is divided into two clauses and is, as a whole, ungrammatical. (3) Courts have found that the 1st part, the “militia clause,” trumps the 2nd part, the “bear arms” clause. As a result, the 2nd Amendment conferred on state militias a right to bear arms; it did not give individuals a right to own or carry a weapon. This changed after a post-coup d’état-NRA came into the picture in 1977.  A novel interpretation of the 2nd Amendment was then sought, one that gave individuals, not just militias, the right to bear arms. An uphill battle was fought and, eventually, won, but not without brute political force.  It wasn’t until the 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller that the Supreme Court fully embraced the individual-rights view of the Second Amendment.

Gun Control is a Pro Life Issue (2012)

TITLE: Gun Control is a Pro Life Issue (2012)
SOURCE: The National Catholic Review
AUTHOR: James Martin, SJ

NOTES: Editorial arguing that gun violence is a pro-life issue. Religious, moral argument “about the sanctity of all human life, no matter who the person is, no matter at what stage of life the person is passing through, and no matter whether or not we think that the person is “deserving” of life.”


Jesus, An Unwanted Christmas Present (2012)

TITLE: Jesus, An Unwanted Christmas Present (2012)
AUTHOR(s): Roger Wolsey

NOTES: For Christians, pointing out biblical grounds to NOT own guns: “live by the sword, die by the sword”; definition of Faith; turn the other cheek; commitment to suffer as Christ Himself suffered, etc. Despite massive persecution, Christ & early Christians/church remained steadfastly non-violent.


The Freedom of an Armed Society (2012)

TITLE: The Freedom of an Armed Society (2012)
SOURCE: New York Times
AUTHOR: Firmin Debrabander

NOTES: Uses logic to rebut NRA argument that ‘an armed society is a polite society.’ Some personal anecdotes, post-Newtown. Also rebuts idea that armed populace protects against despotic government.


No, Really, Regulate the Bullets (2012)

TITLE: No, Really, Regulate the Bullets (2012)
SOURCE: The Atlantic
AUTHOR(S): Philip Bump

NOTES: Highlights number of guns already in circulation, plus growing ability to “3-D print” manufacture guns, and 2nd amendment protection of right to bear arms. Argues that regulating bullets is a logical way to reduce gun violence: limiting bullet supply doesn’t infringe the Constitutional right, and avoids problem of securing or reducing number of guns in circulation.


10 Arguments Gun Advocates Make & Why They’re Wrong (2012)

TITLE: Ten Arguments Gun Advocates Make, and Why They’re Wrong (2012)
SOURCE: The American Prospect
AUTHOR(S): Paul Waldman

NOTES: No sources or links, but reasonable, thoughtful rebuttals to the most common pro-gun arguments.


The gun control that works: no guns (2012)

TITLE: The gun control that works: no guns (2012)
SOURCE: The Economist

NOTES: Having few guns does mean that few people get shot. In 2008-2009, there were 39 fatal injuries from crimes involving firearms in England and Wales, with a population about one sixth the size of America’s. In America, there were 12,000 gun-related homicides in 2008.

Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country (2012)

TITLE: Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country (2012)
SOURCE: Washington Post
AUTHOR: Max Fisher


Relation Between Firearms Availability & the Homicide Rate in the Former Yugoslavia (2012)

TITLE: Relation Between Firearms Availability and the Homicide Rate in the Countries from the Territory of Former Yugoslavia
SOURCE: Policija i sigurnost, Vol.20 No.3 Siječanj 2012.

FINDINGS: Former Yugoslavian states with higher rates of firearms availability have higher homicide rates.  Results suggest the needs for the strict control of firearms and reducing its quantity in the possession of citizens.

Time to face facts on gun control (2012)

TITLE: Time to face facts on gun control (2012)

AUTHOR(S): Fareed Zakaria, Ph.D.
FINDINGS: (1) US has 88 guns per 100 people & is alone in the category of having over 70 guns per 100 people!  (2) US has 5% of the world’s population & 50 percent of the guns.

Gun Homicides & Gun Ownership Listed by Country (2012)

TITLE: Gun Homicides & Gun Ownership Listed by Country (2012)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK)
AUTHOR(s): Simon Rogers


NOTES: Includes data from two databases: UNODC Crime Survey & 2007 Small Arms Survey to create a sortable database of gun ownership & crime rates by country. Although USA ranks 27th globally in firearm homicide rate/100,000, the 26 countries ahead of USA are mostly small, third-world, poor, recent history of war/civil war, etc. USA worse than all large, well-developed countries.


The shrinking gun control caucus (2012)

TITLE: The shrinking gun control caucus (2012)
SOURCE: Politico
AUTHORS: Seung Min Kim, Robin Bravender, & Tarini Parti

NOTES (Much has changed in public opinion since this article, nonetheless…): NRA wields considerable clout in the nation’s capital. They spent $695,000 so far this year and about $2.6 million last year to lobby Capitol Hill.

We Are Getting Tired of Prying Your Guns Out of Your Cold Dead Hand (2007)

TITLE: We Are Getting Tired of Prying Your Guns Out of Your Cold Dead Hand (2007)
SOURCE: Huffington Post
AUTHOR: Elayne Boosler

NOTES: Post-Va. Tech commentary highlighting the role of money in our gun violence epidemic. Highlights lack of gun industry regulation. Cites several alarming gun statistics. Criticizes gun culture as cowardly. Criticizes Bush for passing gun industry immunity. Links to a few sources.