Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando
Faith / Firearms / Media

Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando

Among the responsibilities of the communications and external relations department of my university is to connect faculty experts with media working in their areas of expertise. So, after major events like the mass murders in San Bernardino and Orlando, my contact in that office usually asks me if I want to comment. For example, after … Continue reading

A Fact-Driven Response to the New York Times “Gun Epidemic” Editorial
Firearms / Media

A Fact-Driven Response to the New York Times “Gun Epidemic” Editorial

A reader whose views I respect criticized my recent response to the New York Times’ historic front page editorial, “A Gun Epidemic,” because it was based more on my opinions than on facts. Although I don’t entirely agree with that criticism, I thought I would post this further fact-driven response to one of the main … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Definition of “Mass Shooting” (and More) from a Fellow Badger Dave Schroeder
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Thoughts on the Definition of “Mass Shooting” (and More) from a Fellow Badger Dave Schroeder

I had hoped to post some of my own thoughts on mass shootings this week, but the last week of class and other responsibilities overwhelmed me. Which is probably for the best because I am never anxious to speak publicly about a topic in the immediate of a major event. Fortunately, scrolling through my Facebook … Continue reading

Gary Kleck on the Effect of Large-Capacity Magazines on the Casualty Counts in Mass Shootings
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Gary Kleck on the Effect of Large-Capacity Magazines on the Casualty Counts in Mass Shootings

As noted previously, one of the three papers on the recent American Society of Criminology panel for which I was the discussant was by the distinguished criminologist Gary Kleck. Every time there is a mass shooting in America, some people look to ban large-capacity magazines in order to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the … Continue reading