Reducing gun violence: Stanford scholars tackle the issue
In response to the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Florida, many Americans are asking how to prevent future senseless acts of violence. They are raising complicated concerns about the causes and solutions to gun violence: Why are so many people killed each year by guns? What gun laws need to be changed? How can we balance our Second Amendment rights with gun safety?
Stanford scholars have been studying these issues from a range of perspectives: law, politics, economics and medicine. Here are some of their findings.
Gun Legislation and Policy
Law Professor John Donohue III has studied what can be done to prevent gun violence in the United States for over 25 years. A lawyer and economist, Donohue explores how law and public policy are connected to gun violence, examining gun laws in the U.S. compared to other countries and looking at how the laws vary between states and the effect that has on rates of violence.
Causes of Gun Violence
Uncovering the causes of gun violence has been a challenge, in part because research is limited by federal legislation restricting research funding on the issue. Nigam Shah at the Stanford School of Medicine has written about the effect that limit has had on empirical research. He is not alone in exploring the topic of gun violence from a medical perspective. David Studdert has also examined the issue, specifically how gun ownership poses a risk to public health.
Reducing Gun Violence
Many Americans are demanding practical next steps to reduce gun crime. Stanford scholars, including Lawrence Wein at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, have applied their expertise to identify usable solutions. These proposals could help policy-makers enact legislation that reduces gun violence and boosts safety.