Gun ownership and school shootings

Author: Lacey N. Wallace, PhD
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Article Topics: gun violence, school shootings, red flag laws, Extreme Risk Protection Orders, mental illness, threat assessment teams, gun ownership, gun suicide, gun homicide, stigma Due to widespread news coverage, many of us can list the locations of school shootings as quickly as we can count off items on our weekly grocery list: Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and now Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Although no action we take can bring back those lost in these acts of violence, there are lessons we can take away from each shooting that may help us better understand the context of gun violence and how future school shootings may be prevented. A critical challenge is separating fact from myth…

Collision of two public health crises

Author: Paddy Ssentongo
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Article Topics: Pennsylvania, gun violence, public health The big picture Pennsylvania saw a 38% increase in the rate of gun violence during the first year of the COVID-19 Pandemic compared to the pre-pandemic period. This rate was higher than that of the national average — the rate increased by 30% in the entire United States (US). This observation is based on the recent peer-reviewed study that enabled us to assess the rates of gun violence before the COVID-19 pandemic and compare them with the rates during the first year of the pandemic. For example, March 2020 was Philadelphia's worst March for gun violence in 5 years. Although the factors…