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The Science of Gun Violence and Gun Control in the U.S.

Gun-control laws and ownership restrictions are changing but clearly remain insufficient to bring our rates of gun deaths down to levels found in nearly all other developed countries

Deadly Dreams: What Motivates School Shootings?

After a recent spate of school shootings, researchers are analyzing the malignant fantasies of young assassins for warning signs that could help prevent future tragedies

August 1, 2007 — Frank J. Robertz

Why Gun Control Is So Contentious in the U.S.

Yelling into echo chambers, like narrow-cast web sites and cable TV, about issues such as gun control, instead of engaging in conversations with those who disagree, has led each of us to spin toward extreme views

July 23, 2012 — Natalie Wolchover and Life's Little Mysteries

What Causes Someone to Act on Violent Impulses and Commit Murder?

Some people are able to control anger or frustration and channel these feelings to nondestructive outlets. Others, like the gunman accused of killing six people during the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, exhibit a frightening lack of control

January 12, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier
The Science of Gun Violence and Gun Control in the U.S.

Gun-control laws and ownership restrictions are changing but clearly remain insufficient to bring our rates of gun deaths down to levels found in nearly all other developed countries

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