Author Affiliation: Department of Sociology and Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Societies with high gun densities have limited options for reducing
gun homicide rates. One option is to ban gun ownership and confiscate or buy
back all guns from the population. While this is politically unlikely in the
United States, it has recently been done for certain kinds of weapons in Australia1 and England.2 No formal
evaluations of the effects of these measures on gun violence are available,
and the generalizability of any results would be limited by the low gun densities
in those countries relative to countries with high gun densities and high
homicide rates, like the United States.
Sherman LW. Gun Carrying and Homicide Prevention. JAMA. 2000;283(9):1193–1195. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1193
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