Firearms training: what is actually taught?

Introduction Firearm safety instructors and public health professionals are natural allies in the quest to prevent firearm injuries. We audited basic firearm classes to provide information that can help familiarise public health professionals and others with the...

Deadly but protective: Americans’ unique perception of weapons

Global levels of violence are declining, yet gun violence and other instances of instrumental violence still occur. While previous research has examined motivations for owning firearms, cognition about firearms—and in particular, perceptions of weapons as affording...

Self-Help and Black Firearm Crime

Self-help theory posits that a negative perception of police engenders firearm violence rather than simply amplifying individuals’ ownership of firearms for self-defense. A racially diverse police force may help decrease firearm use among Black citizens because...

Defensive Gun Use: What Can We Learn from News Reports

Background In the past decade, most people who buy and own guns are doing so for self-defense. Yet little is known about actual defensive gun use in the USA. Methods To discover what information newspaper articles and local news reports might add, we read the news...
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