Here is a link to the report of the National Task Force on the Rule of Law and Democracy, with ideas about what can be done. Food for thought.
America Has More Guns
Than Any Other Country
The New York Times | Sources: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (gun murders); Small Arms Survey (guns per 100 people) |Murder data for U.S., Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and Spain from 2015 and latest available for other countries; 2007 data for guns per 100 people.
We Have a Model for
Regulating Guns: Automobiles
The New York Times | Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Liberal Approach Is Ineffective.
Use a Public Health Approach Instead.
22 percent of guns are obtained without one.
Keep men who are subject to domestic violence protection orders from having guns.
A ban on people under 21 purchasing firearms (this is already the case in many states).
These include trigger locks as well as guns and ammunition stored separately, especially when children are in the house.
Tighter enforcement of laws on straw purchases of weapons, and some limits on how many guns can be purchased in a month.
Experimentation with a one-time background check for anybody buying ammunition.
End immunity for firearm companies. That’s a subsidy to a particular industry.
A ban on bump stocks of the kind used in Las Vegas to mimic automatic weapon fire.
“Smart guns” fire only after a fingerprint or PIN is entered, or if used near a particular bracelet.
Fewer Guns = Fewer Deaths
Note: There are no hard data on gun ownership in the United States. This household gun ownership proxy was created by taking a weighted average of the percentage of suicides committed with a firearm — a widely used proxy for firearm ownership — and the hunting license rate in each state. It improves upon earlier models by accounting for the prevalence of hunting rifles, which are typically not used in suicides. The new proxy improves the correlation with survey-measured gun ownership from 0.80 to 0.95, suggesting increased accuracy. Source: Michael Siegel, Boston University School of Public Health
*Nevada’s grade of F would improve to a C-minus if a recently passed ballot initiative mandating universal background checks is implemented. So far, the state has failed to do so. Source: Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Mass Shootings Are Not the
Main Cause of Loss of Life
The New York Times | Source: Gun Violence Archive
America Is Moving in the Wrong Direction
The New York Times | Source: Michael Siegel, Boston University School of Public Health
Tightening Gun Laws Lowered
Firearm Homicide Rates
The New York Times | Source: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
There Is a Shocking Lack
of Research on Guns
The New York Times | Source: University of Chicago Crime Lab
The Right Type of Training
Could Go a Long Way
The New York Times | Source: David Hemenway, Injury Prevention |The classes studied, some of which were required by law, took place in 7 Northeast states.
A Way Forward: On Some
Issues, Majorities Agree
The New York Times | Sources: Pew Research Center survey conducted in March and April (questions on mental illness, no-fly lists, background checks for private sales and federal database); Quinnipiac University National Poll conducted Oct. 5-10 (all other questions)|*A Pew Research Center survey found only 44 percent of gun owners favored such a ban.