Treating America’s Gun Violence Epidemic

A troubling fact to consider: firearm homicide is the leading cause of death for African Americans age 1-44. Even though African Americans make up about 13% of the U.S. population, this group is affected by over 54% of all firearm homicides. These statistics clearly show a racial disparity in terms of violence and public safety in our country.

English: Walther PPQ firearm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For years, the government and social science field have focused on two seemingly ineffective methods to reduce gun violence:

Reactionary punishment measures, e.g., throwing people in prison Programs that focus on fixing schools, homes, …read more