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Gun Policy in America, @RANDCorporation; Director, @GunResearch. Public policy responses to gun violence and sexual violence. Tweets are mine, not RAND’s.
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May 11, 2022 5 tweets 2 min read
From the early 1990’s to 2015 firearm homicide rates declined across all major demographic groups. But those trends have reversed, and with the latest jump in firearm homicides, we are back to rates not seen since the crack epidemic. Alarming!… Gun homicides disproportionately kill young, Black and poor populations, but the new CDC report shows this is not chiefly an urban problem. Although cities have the highest rates (6.6 per 100k), nonurban areas are close behind with very high rates (5.1).…
Apr 1, 2022 12 tweets 3 min read
This video and accompanying article draw conclusions about the effects of gun control based almost entirely on research I co-led, yet they reached a very different conclusion than we did.  Here I highlight problems that help explain these differences
The article draws 4 conclusions that are not supported by our report. We did NOT conclude that a) all gun research is poor quality, b) the pattern of findings across studies would be expected by chance, c) the field is ideologically biased, or d) gun laws have no effect.
Jun 30, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system has been an imperfect but useful gauge of crime trends for more than 40 years. Next January (2021) @fbi is planning to shut it down. This is a big problem for research on crime.… The plan is for UCR to be replaced by The National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). If it really was going to be replaced by that system, everyone would chear, because NIBRS is better. But ...