What Do We Know About US Gun Violence?
Garen Wintemute, a professor of emergency room medicine and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California–Davis, is one of a handful of U.S. researchers brave enough to tackle the problem of gun violence. He tells Tiffany O’Callaghan why it is so hard to make inroads. Tiffany O’Callaghan: How bad is gun violence in the U.S.? Garen Wintemute: It takes upwards of 30,000 lives a year and injures another 75,000. We spend $100… [Slate (USA) / New Scientist, via GunPolicy.org]
Black Children in America Top Targets for Gun Violence
In the weeks since the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the city of New Orleans reached a tragic milestone. All told, 108 people have been murdered in the Crescent City so far this year. In September two black girls, one 11 years old and the other age 2, were shot and killed. And earlier this year a national organization advocating for stricter gun control told the story of a black 10-year-old New Orleans boy who has been shot and seriously injured twice in his short… [Miami Herald, via GunPolicy.org]
Chinese Police Destroy Thousands of Illegal Guns in National Campaign
BEIJING – Chinese police in 164 cities have destroyed hundreds of thousands of confiscated guns, knives and detonators, a statement from the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday. About 130,000 illegal shotguns and air guns, 670,000 replica guns, 460,000 forbidden knives and many illegally stored detonators have been destroyed as part of an annual nationwide campaign, the statement said. Crimes related to guns and explosives continued to fall by 41.4 percent and… [Xinhua, via GunPolicy.org]