After years of mass shootings, the US is still trying to understand gun violence. Why?

Mon, 27 Nov 2023 19:28:35 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"After every mass shooting the same questions seem to arise: how did the
shooter get their gun? What were the warning signs? What’s the relationship
between domestic violence and white supremacist ideology and mass killings? How
can we stop this from happening again?

What few people ask, however, is why, after decades of high-profile mass
shootings and nearly 50,000 gun-related deaths each year, we’re still trying to
understand the causes of gun violence. Were it not for a nearly two-decade
stoppage in federally funded gun violence research, we might have been closer
to having these answers, says Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and
longtime gun violence researcher.

“Instead, we choked off funding and now we’re answering questions that we could
have had 30 years ago,” said Wintemute, who heads the violence prevention
research program at UC Davis. “How many more thousands of people are dead today
that would have been alive if the research of the 90s had continued, if we had
answered those questions?”

Here’s a look back at how – and why – the US stopped studying gun violence, and
where that led us."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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