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The Relationship Between Gun Control Strictness And Mass Murder In The United States: A National Study 2009-2015, J. Scott Lewis Sep 2018

The Relationship Between Gun Control Strictness And Mass Murder In The United States: A National Study 2009-2015, J. Scott Lewis

International Social Science Review

This paper aimed to determine if there is association between the strictness of gun control in a given state and the number of mass murder incidents per state in the United States. Controlling for population, gun control strictness was a weak, negative predictor of mass murder incidents and number of victims when a gun was used as a primary weapon. To understand the phenomenon of mass murder fully, mental health practitioners, law enforcement, and policymakers must make a joint effort so as to facilitate prevention.


Opinions On Gun Control: Evidence From An Experimental Web Survey, Mallory L. Treece Jul 2015

Opinions On Gun Control: Evidence From An Experimental Web Survey, Mallory L. Treece

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

While a sizable literature exists on framing, little research extends this to gun control. In this study I analyze how partisan framing influences support for gun control. Using an experimental web survey, individual level data shows that Democrats in particular respond more favorably when gun control is framed as sponsored by fellow Democrats. In contrast, controlling for partisanship, gun owners more negatively react to gun control framed as Democrat-sponsored. These findings suggest the extent of support for gun control and ways in which parties can frame the issue in their favor.