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Drs. Lee and Schaechter make extremely important points. Firearm injuries in people less than 24 years of age are not uniform in terms of "intent" or cause. We have many laws on the books intended to prevent guns in the hands of criminals, of minors, of emotionally unstable individuals or documented dangerous individuals. Over the last 50 years, we have instituted many laws addressing age of gun ownership, type of guns available (eg."Saturday night special" laws, "assault weapon" bans, import bans, etc) and carry bans. The problem with all such laws is that the vast majority of injuries in criminal situations are performed with illegal weapons and many of the mass shootings occur with weapons obtained after "background checks". Unfortunately, all of these laws (including prosecution after filing a false background check document) are poorly enforced and the negative reinforcement of penalties of jail, future restrictions and/or fines are not applied. A clear example is Chicago where strict gun laws have not eliminated or clearly changed the trajectory of firearm injuries since the 1930's.
More laws that will not be enforced will not help the problems. Different aspects of the problems may respond to different interventions. Unfortunately, too many people just want "something" to be done and then make no attempt to determine the the "benefits". It is our responsibility to objectively look at th...
More laws that will not be enforced will not help the problems. Different aspects of the problems may respond to different interventions. Unfortunately, too many people just want "something" to be done and then make no attempt to determine the the "benefits". It is our responsibility to objectively look at the problems and possible solutions rather than to advocate for one side or the other.
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