Bucket List Item: Skiing and Shooting (at the same time, i.e., biathalon)
Firearms / Fun / My Experience / Shooting Sports

Bucket List Item: Skiing and Shooting (at the same time, i.e., biathalon)

I have cross country skied before, both for recreation and (one time) to get to work during a snow storm when I lived in South Bend, Indiana. It is surprisingly fun. I have also gone target shooting with a .22 rifle before. Plinking steel, paper squirrel targets, balloons, cans, ketchup packets — having fun is … Continue reading

Stand Your Ground Law and Domestic Violence Cases in Florida
Firearms / Personal Defense

Stand Your Ground Law and Domestic Violence Cases in Florida

“Stand Your Ground” laws have been subject to considerable misunderstanding and derision, and often both. This is particularly evident in the characterization of the laws as “shoot first” (and ask questions later) laws and a “license to kill” by their critics. In the highly polemical world of gun politics, it is difficult to find a … Continue reading

Cure Violence: Approaching Violence as a Public Health Issue
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Cure Violence: Approaching Violence as a Public Health Issue

The public health approach to gun violence is frequently – indeed, I might say, always – criticized by gun rights advocates. Indeed, the famous or infamous ban on federal funding for research on firearms injury promoted by the National Rifle Association explicitly targets the public health approach. Into that void has stepped anti-gun former NYC … Continue reading

Did the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban Affect Mass Shootings?
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Did the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban Affect Mass Shootings?

“Did the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban Affect Mass Shootings? A Time Series Analysis,” a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology by Ivan Birch (University of Texas at Dalls), Grant Duwe (Minnesota Department of Corrections), and Tomislav Victor Kovandzic (UT-Dallas) Mass public shootings are defined in this paper as … Continue reading

American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: On Gun Ownership and Risky Behavior
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American Society of Criminology Meeting Paper: On Gun Ownership and Risky Behavior

At an academic conference, where people often discuss their “work-in-progress,” you hear a range of presentations. Some are good, some are bad, and some just leave you scratching your head. This presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology in November 2013 was the latter sort. “Gun Ownership and Risky Behavior,” Matthew … Continue reading