david hemenway

Hemenway continues to be a leading voice on gun violence

by Shaun Manning April 3, 2013

David Hemenway, author of the 2007 book Private Guns, Public Health, [editor’s note: now in a new edition]will speak next week at a symposium held by Massachusetts State Senator Katherine Clark discussing gun violence. Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Dr. Hemenway’s book has been regularly cited for its statistical data on the effects of guns in a community and the author himself has been sought for his views on responsible policy. Following the announcement that legislation before the Senate would not include an assault weapons ban, Dr. Hemenway participated in a roundtable discussion on Al Jazeera English, where […]

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Media Matters makes its case with Hemenway’s ‘Private Guns, Public Health’

by Shaun Manning February 22, 2013

Media Matters for America, a left-leaning watchdog group, bolstered its case against Fox News’ and the NRA’s presentation of the gun control debate with several passages and statistics from David Hemenway’s Private Guns, Public Health. Responding to Cam and Company host Cam Edwards and Fox contributor Ann Coulter, who both cited the fact that Japan’s suicide rate is higher than that of the US despite less access to firearms as evidence that guns and suicide are not linked, Media Matters notes that there could easily be other explanations for this and refers to Hemenway’s research shows that, compared with other developed […]

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New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof cites Press author on gun control

by Shaun Manning January 18, 2013

In two opinion pieces for the New York Times, columnist Nicholas Kristof has cited Private Guns, Public Health author David Hemenway in his discussions of the gun control debate. Writing in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, CT, school shooting, Kristof noted the grim statistic that children ages 5 to 14 “are 13 times as likely to be murdered with guns as children in other industrialized countries.” “So let’s treat firearms rationally as the center of a public health crisis that claims one life every 20 minutes,” Kristof argues. “The United States realistically isn’t going to ban guns, but we can […]

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