#29: Gun Violence in 2023—No Relief In Sight

393 Million Guns Aimed By Or At Just 335 Million People 2023 was a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping, hateful example of what can happen when gun sales outsell wedding ring sales in America. In the entire year, 2022, about 4.5 million wedding rings were sold.[1] Comparatively, about 17.4 million guns were sold between January 1, and May 31, 2023.[2] We have about 20 million AR-15 rifles in circulation. We have more guns than people—estimated at 393 million guns[3] spread out over 335 […]

#28: A Second Look At The Second Amendment

Table of Contents A Second Look At The Second Amendment The Founding Generation 21st Century Law Regarding Gun Regulation Ignoring The Bill of Rights for Blacks or Indians Second Amendment Litigation History The Limits of Second Amendment Originalism and the Constitutional Case For Gun Control (2015) The Second Amendment Standard of Review After McDonald Historical Guideposts The Missing Arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010) The Business of Guns (2018) End The Popularity Contest A Proposal For Second Amendment […]

#24: Guns & Suicide

Table of Contents: Guns & SuicideSuicide DefinedSuicide and Gun ControlThe Intersection Between Guns and SuicideDisparities Across DemographicsAmerican ViolenceHomicide v. SuicideGun Availability & SuicideImpulsive Acts—Transient Life CrisesFirst-time Gun Owners & SuicideSaving Lives From Gun Suicide—Confronting the Inevitability MythHard Facts & Hard Truths Guns & Suicide Guns are a way of life in Twenty-First Century America. As an abstract proposition, that’s neither good nor bad, neither for nor against. An abstract proposition is impalpable, imperceptible, intangible, and almost invisible. Tragically, the connection […]

#23: The Morality Of Gun Ownership

Table of Contents: The Morality Of Gun OwnershipFamously Unethical Gun OwnersThe Brady LawEthical Law EnforcementThe Ethics of the NRAEthics & EmpathyThe Appeal To Liberty v. Security Rights The Morality Of Gun Ownership Are there moral standards or norms of gun ownership? If so, why? Morality in its broadest form is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Is propriety a prerequisite for gun ownership? If not, why not? […]

#22: Shooting Children

Table of Contents: Shooting ChildrenGun Violence Is Killing More Kids in America2019—The Year Before Covid-19The Children’s Defense FundPivot—From Gun Violence On Children To Gun Violence On EveryoneGun Violence—Faster Than A Speeding BulletGun and Ammunition SalesPresident Biden—Gun Control Efforts—2021 Shooting Children In earlier reports, I’ve written about young shooters, grade and high school shootings, threat assessments, preparing for school shootings, teenage shooters, cognitive dysfunction, allowing children to own guns, and motivated shooters. These subjects necessarily but incompletely address the special issue […]

#21: Other Campus Shootings

Table of Contents: Other Campus ShootingsTexas Southern UniversityUmpqua Community CollegeWiki On School ShootingsCollege and High School Body Count—1970 to 2018Motivated Shooters Other Campus Shootings America’s Gun Culture still flourishes and campus life is as extracurricular as ever. School shootings are appalling, horrific, events because they are the least likely place we expect gun violence to erupt. We record, document, and lament school shootings because we all went to school at some time in our lives. Some only to middle schools, […]

#20: Access To Guns

Table of Contents: Access To GunsLaws Allowing Children to Own Rifles and ShotgunsThe Youth Gun MarketIncreased Risk of Homicide, Suicide and Death by Unintentional ShootingIllegal Access to HandgunsDiversion Of Guns From FFL’s to Felons to Underage ShootersFederal Gun Laws Against Gun TraffickingGlobal Gun ViolenceLiving With GunsUnderground Gun MarketsAccess to Guns in Childhood Access To Guns This Report is prompted by a letter to the editor of the Albuquerque Journal invitingly titled, “Get To The Bottom Of Who Deals In Guns.”[1] […]

#19: Teenage Shooters

Table of Contents: Teenage ShootersJust A Terrible DayMinimum Age LawsCognitive DysfunctionSchool Shootings & Student Mental HealthSentencing Teenage Shooters Teenage Shooters Age is neither a barrier nor a bridge. Most states make you stay in school in school until you’re sixteen. You can’t buy a handgun until you’re twenty-one.[1] But you can buy a long rifle at eighteen.[2] Theoretically, minimum age laws prevent young people from falling prey to preventable gun violence. Parents who act like children do the opposite—some create […]

#18: Gun Violence & Covid-19

Table of Contents: Gun Violence & Covid-19A Brief History—Defining Gun Violence as a Public Health CrisisCOVID-19’s Impact On Gun ViolenceThe Perfect Storm of TragedyThe Link Between Covid-19 and Gun ViolenceParadoxical TrendsSurging Gun Sales & Stand Your Ground StatesGun Death Rates and Covid-19 Death RatesCOVID-19 Aid & America’s Rise in Violent Crime Gun Violence & Covid-19 Gun violence has always been a public health crisis. Covid-10 became a public health crisis in 2020. They have much in common. Both are contagious, […]

#17: Preparing For School Shootings

Table of Contents: Preparing For School ShootingsThreat Assessment—Emergency Management—Crisis CommunicationsActive Shooter Situations—PreventionPlanning—Mitigating—Avoiding LiabilityCompare and Contrast High School ShootingsThe Dickey and Tiahrt AmendmentsVetoing State Gun RegulationsPolitical Reality Preparing For School Shootings Shooters prepare for shooting up schools. So it only makes sense that schools should also prepare. Shooters come in all sizes, shapes and cognitive readiness. They shoot from different perspectives. But they have commonalities too. They know guns. They are invested in gun culture. They have all the makings of […]