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A billion dollars later: The Canadian Firearms Act, revisited

01 Jan 2003-Journal on firearms and public policy (Second Amendment Foundation)-Vol. 15
TL;DR: In this article, the authors present an analysis of a classic example of pointless and destructive legislation and regulation, which is an analysis from eight years of hindsight, from now eight-year of hindsight.
Abstract: Canadian governments, for over 30 years, have too often indulged in ill-considered or extreme over-regulation to address ideological or emotional issues. When added elements of political expediency and social correctness ignore or distort reality and practicality in legislation, however, the results can be damaging and counter-productive. This report, from now eight years of hindsight, is an analysis of a classic example of pointless and destructive legislation and regulation.
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TL;DR: In this article, the complex policy problem of gun control is examined across multiple national contexts to show how a problem that is perceived as being wicked in one jurisdiction can be seen as manageable in another.
Abstract: Scholars and practitioners have always been dogged by problems that are so complex that no practical solution appears to be possible. These have been referred to in the academic literature as “wicked” problems. However, it is possible that a problem’s “wickedness” depends in part on its context and on the vantage point of the observer, meaning that at least some aspects of wickedness can be thought of as being relative rather than absolute. In this article, the complex policy problem of gun control is examined across multiple national contexts to show how a problem that is perceived as being wicked in one jurisdiction can be seen as manageable in another.

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  • ...…its first ten years of existence, especially by Canadian gun rights activists and political opponents of the Liberal Party that had enacted it (e.g. Webster 2003; Mauser 2012), so it is likely that it was the perceived inefficiency of the program that led to public support for its elimination…...

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01 Jan 1996
TL;DR: Grossman as mentioned in this paper argues that high-body-count movies, television violence (both news and entertainment), and interactive point-and-shoot video games are dangerously similar to the training programs that dehumanize the enemy, desensitize soldiers to the psychological ramifications of killing, and make pulling the trigger an automatic response.
Abstract: The twentieth century, with its bloody world wars, revolutions, and genocides accounting for hundreds of millions dead, would seem to prove that human beings are incredibly vicious predators and that killing is as natural as eating. But Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman, a psychologist and U.S. Army Ranger, demonstrates this is not the case. The good news, according to Grossman - drawing on dozens of interviews, first-person reports, and historic studies of combat, ranging from Frederick the Great's battles in the eighteenth century through Vietnam - is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill. In World War II, for instance, only 15 to 25 percent of combat infantry were willing to fire their rifles. The provocative news is that modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have learned how to overcome this reluctance. In Korea about 50 percent of combat infantry were willing to shoot, and in Vietnam the figure rose to over 90 percent. The bad news is that by conditioning soldiers to overcome their instinctive loathing of killing, we have drastically increased post-combat stress - witness the devastated psychological state of our Vietnam vets as compared with those from earlier wars. And the truly terrible news is that contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and - according to Grossman's controversial thesis - is responsible for our rising rates of murder and violence, particularly among the young. In the explosive last section of the book, he argues that high-body-count movies, television violence (both news and entertainment), and interactive point-and-shoot video games are dangerously similar to thetraining programs that dehumanize the enemy, desensitize soldiers to the psychological ramifications of killing, and make pulling the trigger an automatic response.

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  • ...Grossman (1995) quotes James Q. Wilson as saying that if trauma care was the same as it was in 1957, the murder rate would be three times as high....

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TL;DR: This paper found that the likelihood that an assault will result in death depends (among other things) on the lethality of the weapon and the relative vulnerability of the intended victim and the general availability of firearms.
Abstract: Over 30,000 deaths each year result from gunshot wounds. Two decades of systematic research on weapons and personal violence indicate a pervasive influence of weapon type on the patterns and outcomes of violent encounters. The likelihood that an assault will result in death depends (among other things) on the lethality of the weapon. The evidence that weapon lethality affects the likelihood of death in suicide is somewhat weaker. Assailants' weapon choice depends on a number of factors, including the relative vulnerability of the intended victim and the general availability of firearms. National Crime Survey data indicate that guns are used only about 80,000 times each year in self-defense.

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TL;DR: The visualization and endurance of fingerprints on cartridge cases after the firing process have been examined and it was found that in some cartridge cases under laboratory conditions--for instance, on M16 brass cartridges--substantial parts of the fingerprints remain intact after shooting.
Abstract: The visualization and endurance of fingerprints on cartridge cases after the firing process have been examined. Cartridges of M16, AK-47 (Kalashnikov) and Parabellum have been tested. Despite difficulties in visualizing these fingerprints, it was found that in some cartridge cases under laboratory conditions--for instance, on M16 brass cartridges--substantial parts of the fingerprints remain intact after shooting. The careful use of illumination after metal vapor deposition enabled visualization. Different possible mechanisms responsible for the partial destruction of the fingerprints are discussed.

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TL;DR: To determine how accurately trauma specialists can differentiate entrance and exit wounds in fatal perforating (exiting) gunshot wounds and determine the number of penetrating orPerforating projectiles in fatal multiple gunshot wounds, a review of firearm-related fatalities at a North Carolina Baptist Hospital over the last five and a half years was reviewed.
Abstract: Firearm-related injuries are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Trauma care centers and trauma specialists (emergency medicine, trauma surgery, and neurosurgery) provide emergency care for those injured and mortally wounded from firearms. Consequently, trauma specialists may be asked to address forensic questions regarding gunshot wounds. Many firearm-related injuries are nonfatal and ultimately, fatal gunshot wounds can suffer from surgical alteration or, if the time interval between injury and death is prolonged, considerable healing of entrance and exit wounds may occur. Thus, accurate initial evaluation of firearm-related injuries is essential. We reviewed all firearm-related fatalities at our institution over the last five and a half years. Our objective was to determine how accurately trauma specialists can differentiate entrance and exit wounds in fatal perforating (exiting) gunshot wounds and determine the number of penetrating or perforating projectiles in fatal multiple gunshot wounds. A total of 271 fatal gunshot wound deaths were reviewed. Of these, we excluded all fatal penetrating (nonexiting) single gunshot wounds and fatalities not evaluated by trauma specialists. Postmortem findings were compared with the medical records from those individuals seen in the emergency department and/or admitted to North Carolina Baptist Hospital (Level I trauma center). Forty six cases with fatal multiple or exiting gunshot wounds were identified. Twenty four (52.2%) were misinterpreted by trauma specialists. Errors included inaccurate determination of the total number of multiple penetrating and/or perforating gunshot wounds and erroneous identification of entrance and exit wounds. Of the exiting, single gunshot wounds 37% were misclassified and 73.6% of multiple gunshot wounds were interpreted incorrectly.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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