School Violence: Some Relevant Readings

 

This 2017 NCES report – Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015-2016 – belongs in our conversations.

Other recent writings of import include:

Frequency of Guns in the Households of High School Seniors (Journal of School Health)that concludes “Whereas we cannot determine gun types or reasons for having a gun, this research indicates that high school seniors are aware of and may have access to guns for use other than their intended purpose. Household gun ownership among students at higher risk for violence may pose safety challenges for communities and schools.”

Handgun waiting periods reduce gun deaths (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

The burden of firearm violence in the United States: stricter laws result in safer states (Journal of Injury & Violence Research)

Academic Public Health and the Firearm Crisis: An Agenda for Action (American Journal of Public Health) that states: “The unexpected election of Donald Trump to the US presidency has changed the national conversation on firearms. Trump was a clear supporter of gun rights throughout the presidential campaign and has widely claimed support from the gun lobby as a core part of his appeal; the gun lobby spent more than $30 million on the campaign. These developments portend challenges to advancing gun policy at the federal level in the next four years, if not longer.”

Gun ownership and social gun culture (Injury Prevention) opens with this statement: “Firearm violence in the USA continues to be a major public health concern.”

This article – Trends in research publications about gun violence in the United States, 1960 to 2014  (JAMA Internal Medicine) –  addresses the dearth of federal research on this topic. It is an important read. This should be read in conjunction with Gun violence research: History of the federal funding freeze (APA. Psychological Science Agenda)

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