Group suggests mathematical models and scientific information as potential methods for developing effective gun control policies
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The role of gun violence and street crime in the United States are topics of great debate among politicians, lobbyists, national organizations, and American citizens. Multiple shootings, accidents with firearms, and media representation of gun crimes stress the urgency of developing gun control policies that have more impact on their criminal rather than recreational use.
There are a number of agencies in the U.S. who collect information about crime, gun ownership, deaths attributed to guns, demographics, mental illnesses, etc. The challenge lies in pooling the information from these different sources to generate robust data and meaningful analyses. Therefore, multiple agencies across America will need to agree on standards, coordinate their efforts, and share the information they collect.
Managing the vast amount of pooled data and developing mathematical models to evaluate this information present another set of challenges. Pharmaceutical companies have plenty of experience in this area and can offer direction. They look at hundreds to thousands of patient records, creating models based on this information to predict which individuals would benefit most from a therapeutic. A similar approach might help shape policies by identifying factors with the highest impact on the use of both illegal and recreational firearms.
John R. Lott Jr., former chief economist for the U.S. Sentencing Commission, conducted a comprehensive study of FBI crime statistics in his book More Guns, Less Crime. Lott reviewed the FBI's database over several decades and used regression analyses to determine the impact of gun policies and ownership on American society. While Lott's research offered insight into U.S. gun control policies, more studies are needed that examine and compare multiple data points from sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau Data, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and Violence Poverty Center across the 50 U.S. states.
"In the song River Run Water Fall, the message is simple," stated members of Long Day Sin (http://ldsin.com). "America will resolve the debate around gun control and in an environment based on objective data and scientific information rather than ideology and politics."
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