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Reporting on gun violence and gun control (cont.)

By Christopher B. Daly

This is a huge, sprawling topic that is also something of a moving target. So, here are some more sources for journalists to consult. If you are involved in covering these issues and you come across other helpful sites, please leave a comment below, or email me and I will update.

More from the Journalist’s Resource project at Harvard:

*On gun policies: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/criminal-justice/effectiveness-policies-programs-reduce-firearm-violence-meta-analysis

*Global look at gun-homicide connection: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/government/criminal-justice/reassessing-association-gun-availability-homicide-rates-cross-national-level

*On violent video games: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/society/internet/value-violent-video-games-research-roundup

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What do historians make of the whole issue? That is a big, complicated tale. The subject has been almost as controversial among historians as it has been among politicians.

Here’s an intro to a recent controversy in the scholarship over gun ownership.

And here’s the major critic, Clayton Cramer. (But beware of link rot!)

Here is the report by Emory University on its own professor’s work.






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Required reading: The science of mass murder

By Christopher B. Daly

Before journalists write, post, say, or broadcast any more about the Aurora, Colo., massacre, they should get up to speed on the science/social science in the field. A great place to start is the latest “Journalist’s Resource” from  Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. This page brings together many of the best and latest studies into the psychology and sociology of mass murder.

In fact, journalists should bookmark the homepage of Journalist’s Resource and take advantage regularly of this great effort to bring scholarly research to bear on the issues that reporters and editors deal with all the time. As someone who had to cover a case somewhat like the one in Colorado, I know that it’s easy for a reporter to feel overwhelmed and not know where to turn. Here’s a good place to start.

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