A few points:
- Why is the author focused on gun violence? Firearms were involved in about 27% of aggravated assaults and murders reported by the FBI in 2017. The CDC estimates guns were used in slightly more than 12% of the injuries and deaths from actual violence (use of force by one person against another) in all forms of criminal assault and homicide. (The FBI figures include incidents in which a gun was displayed but not used.)
- Since neither background checks nor restrictions on any certain type of firearm have been shown to impact violence (and, yes, there is plenty of evidence to support this), why does anyone mention them when discussing a promising intervention technique that could actually be more successful at reducing the misuse of firearms than laws aimed at people who aren’t misusing them?
- This idea needs to be presented to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which is the firearm industry’s trade group. The NSSF has already partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to educate retailers about signs of customers contemplating suicides and has run the Project ChildSafe program, an educational outreach program to promote safe storage of firearms, since 1999. (I am pretty sure the reason that Wayne LaPierre hasn’t responded is the ongoing scandal over his expenses and the relationship with Ackerman McQueen.)
It seems to me that our focus on firearms is diverting our attention from the pressing issue of violence.