Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Fatalities in the USA (2013)

TITLE: Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Fatalities in the United States
SOURCE: JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(9):732-740. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1286.
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AUTHORS: Eric W. Fleegler, MD, MPH; Lois K. Lee, MD, MPH; Michael C. Monuteaux, ScD; David Hemenway, PhD; Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH

FINDINGS: having more laws on the books is associated with having lower rates of firearm-related homicide and suicide.

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.”

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.


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.”


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.

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.

The American public and the gun control debate (1996)

TITLE: The American public & the gun control debate (1996)
SOURCE:  Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 275(22):1719-1722.
AUTHOR(S): Robert J. Blendon; John T. Young; David Hemenway

FINDINGS: US public generally support government regulation of guns as consumer products