Assessing views about gun violence reduction policy: A look at type of violence and expected effectiveness

By Susan B. Sorenson
University of Pennsylvania, 3815 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
Available online as of 4 May 2015

Preventive Medicine
Volume 79, October 2015, Pages 50–54
Special Issue on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Gun Violence


  • Public opinion polling about gun policy is routinely conducted and often disregarded.
  • We explored ways to make surveys more useful to policy makers, researchers, and the general public.
  • Support was high for all but one policy, putting armed officers in schools.
  • Universal background checks are expected to be effective, even by people who do not support them.
  • Policies expected to reduce multiple forms of violence are not expected to reduce suicide.

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