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Mayhem Multiplied: Mass Shooters & Assault Weapons
Mass shootings have taken place consistently throughout American history, in every region of the country. Over the last 30 years, however, assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines—which hold more than 10 rounds—have proliferated, allowing assailants to become much more destructive. Crime Commission analyses show, the results have been deadly for Americans.
» read the 2017 update to the Mayhem Multiplied report
» read the 2016 Mayhem Multiplied report
» read about the Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazines Ban



E-Responder Poster: Interruptions of Risky Online Behavior De-escalate Violent Conflict (2017)
E-Responder was presented at the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) 2017 Biennial Conference "Transformative Community Psychology" in Canada to discuss the innovative approach of conducting intervention through social media, research study, and results.
» read the poster



Aiming At Students: The College Gun Violence Epidemic (2016)
Gun violence at U.S. colleges has exploded in recent years, increasing from just 12 incidents during the 2010-2011 school year to nearly 30 in 2015-2016 school year—and the number of shooting victims has also spiked to a disturbing level. Given that studies have shown that gun violence victimization and mere exposure to gun violence can lead to poor academic performance, disruptions at school or work, relationship problems, and lasting emotional distress — and, of course, the physical danger that shootings put students in — it is clear that the public needs to become more aware of campus safety. As our research shows, between the 2001-02 and 2015-16 school years, 437 people were shot, including 167 killed and 270 wounded, on or near U.S. college campuses. An estimated 2.5 million students were enrolled at the 142 colleges where the 190 recorded shootings occurred, and, thus, were directly or indirectly exposed to gun violence.
» read the report



Mass Shooting Incidents in America: 1984-2012
Mass shootings are a unique feature of American life which have occurred consistently throughout history in every region of the country. The increased lethality of such incidents is made possible by the use of large capacity ammunition magazines (defined as more than 10-rounds) which enable a shooter to rapidly fire off as many as 100-rounds without having to reload the firearm. Designed for military use to kill greater numbers of people more effectively, large capacity ammunition magazines have facilitated some of the worst mass murders ever committed in the United States. As these incidents occur in every region of the country, restricting civilian access to these weapons is not a state specific problem. The federal government needs to take action to protect all Americans by reinstating the ban on large capacity ammunition magazines.
» Mass Shooting Incidents in America



A Stalled Farewell to Arms—Reinvigorating the Gun Control Movement
In this article published in the New York State Bar Association's Government, Law and Policy Journal, Crime Commission President Richard Aborn looks at the history of gun violence in America and its impact on legislative efforts to control it, the evolving Second Amendment jurisprudence, and the shifting political landscape, asking what can be done to return the gun political agenda to one grounded in reducing gun violence. Reprinted with permission from: Government, Law and Policy Journal, Summer 2012, Vol. 14, No. 1, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207
» read the article



Fact Sheet: Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazines (2011)
The Crime Commission is calling on Congress to pass legislation to ban large capacity ammunition magazines. This new law would limit the capacity of magazines to 10 rounds for civilian ownership. Restricting the size of ammunition magazines to no more than 10 bullets is common sense. A ban on large capacity magazines would not only reduce the capacity, but more importantly reduce the lethality of firearms. Moreover, we need to protect our police officers, who shouldn't have to confront so much firepower on the street: they deserve better.
» read the fact sheet



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