The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requested the report, which suggested several areas for investigation:
- Characterizing gun ownership and use in the U.S.
- Identifying risk and protective factors concerning gun possession and use, especially as they apply to young people;
- Investigating interventions that might reduce access to firearms by high-risk individuals and thus prevent violence;
- Looking at technological approaches to gun safety; and
- Examining the possible association between media violence and real-life violence.
The report raises questions about individuals with mental illness twice in the context of preventive measures, calling for research into the public-health effects of banning firearm sales to people with “specific psychiatric illnesses” and of removing guns from those “who develop a disqualifying characteristic, for example, mental illness, with a potential for violence.”
To read more about issues surrounding firearms and mental illness, see Psychiatric News and the American Journal of Psychiatry.
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