Safe Tennessee Project’s Statement on Revised Unintentional Firearm Death Numbers “As an organization focused on reducing firearm injuries and deaths in our state, we are pleased to discover that the 2014 number was actually the lowest number in over a decade,” said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for The Safe Tennessee Project. “However, using media reports and news stories, weRead more
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Gun violence research should be peer-reviewed and rely on verifiable facts What happens when it isn’t?
The NRA relies heavily on research conducted by economist John Lott. But, Lott’s research is not peer-reviewed, and his most notable publication has been questioned by researchers from both sides of the gun policy debate. A little over a decade ago, he was disgraced and his career was in tatters. Not only was Lott’s assertion that more guns leads toRead more
In a recent news story, Rep. Glen Casada said that the majority of gun deaths in the U.S. are ‘self-defense.” This statement is factually incorrect. “As someone who studies gun violence and is familiar with the available research on the subject, I can say with confidence that Rep. Casada is wrong,” said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for The Safe TennesseeRead more
A study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that seven states — West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee — all suffered from disproportionately high rates of unintentional firearm deaths and that none of the states have laws requiring the safe storage of guns. “As someone who tracks accidental shootings here in Tennessee,Read more
Accidental shootings of both children and adults up significantly in 2016 Not quite two months into the new year and Tennessee is on pace for even more accidental shootings of both adults and children than in 2015. The Centers for Disease Control ranks Tennessee 9th in the nation for accidental shootings. Last year, the CDC reported that accidental shootings wereRead more