Preventing gun violence involving people with serious mental illness

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The December 2012 tragedy at Newtown may soon settle in the collective memory of senseless rampages by unstable young men. But inthe immediate aftermath, the question of what might have been done to prevent those 28 untimely deaths may galvanize the attention of policymakers desperate to respond. Shall we now hold mental health systems more accountable for failing to find, treat, or confine people who incline to violence? Should we fault the loose enforcement of federal firearms restrictions, and a loophole-ridden system of background-checks, for failing to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people? Does the problem lie with the laws themselves, with their blunt and archaic definitions that leave risky people untouched while sweeping up legions of the harmless?

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swanson, JW; Robertson, AG; Frisman, LK; Norko, MA; Lin, HJ; Swartz, MS; Cook, PJ

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Volume / Issue

  • 9781421411118 /

Book Title

  • Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis

Start / End Page

  • 33 - 51

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 1421411105

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781421411101

Citation Source

  • Scopus