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This is how media outlets get stories and pertinent quotes for the stories. They are not journalists. They re-write press releases and call a name or two for the quotes. This story will be in your paper tomorrow and will mirror the press release.




New Study Shows Importance of Getting the Facts Straight on Guns and Violence, Experts Say; Experts Available to Comment

12/16/2004 11:30:00 AM


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To: Assignment Desk, National Desk

Contact: Kawana Lloyd or Steve Smith, 202-822-5200, both of Fenton Communications

News Advisory:

Public health experts applauded "Firearms and Violence," a report released today by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The report is a ringing endorsement of the public health approach to gun violence and a call to action for improving our nation's data and research on firearms.

Nearly 30,000 Americans are killed and 75,000 injured by firearms each year. "Firearm violence remains a significant public health problem in America," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. "A public health approach is essential. It should be comprehensive and driven by sound science. Future research will help us better understand the health risks associated with firearms and guide injury reduction efforts."

The NAS report calls for a major national effort to improve knowledge about firearms, including:

-- Giving researchers access to trace data, registration data, and manufacturing and sales data from firearm manufactures;

-- Collecting information on gun ownership and use - citing the inadequancy of this data as a critical barrier to understanding gun violence; and

-- Maintaining basic data collection systems on crime and violent death, such as the National Violent Death Reporting System and the National Incident-Based Reporting System.

Overall, the report cites studies showing that violence is positively associated with firearm ownership and goes on to point out several areas of further research needed to explore a causal chain in the relationship.

Current research and data on firearms and violent crime are too weak to support strong conclusions about the effects of various measures to prevent and control gun violence, the report said. The report found " no credible evidence" that "right-to- carry" laws, which allow citizens to carry concealed handguns, either decrease or increase violent crime. To date, 34 states have enacted these laws (Chapter 6). "Ironically, right-to-carry laws are the prime example of laws promoted based on claims of scientific evidence of their effectiveness," said David Hemenway, Director of Harvard University's Injury Control Research Center.

The following experts are available on other aspects of the report:

Association between guns and violence:

-- David Hemenway, Director of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center and author of Private Guns, Public Health

-- Doug Wiebe, Resident Scholar at the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn

Law enforcement:

-- Joe Vince, Firearms Committee Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, formerly Director of the Tracing Center at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

-- Scott Knight, President of the Minnesota Association of Chiefs of Police

Suicide:

-- Alan Berman, Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology

-- Matthew Miller, Associate Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Right-to-carry laws and defensive gun use:

-- John Donohue, Professor at Yale Law School

-- Jens Ludwig, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University

-- David Hemenway, Director of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center and author of Private Guns, Public Health

Medical/clinician

-- Dr. Stephen Hargarten, Chair of the Medical College of Wisconsin's Department of Emergency Medicine

Children and gun violence prevention programs:

-- David Hemenway, Director of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center and author of Private Guns, Public Health

-- Doug Wiebe, Resident Scholar at the Firearm and Injury Center at Penn

Public health data collection systems:

-- Catherine Barber, Co-Director of the National Violent Injury Statistics Systems at Harvard

-- Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
 

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National Research Council Report Describes Clear Need for Information; Congress Systematically Blocking Data That Could Bring Gun Violence Solutions

12/16/2004 2:12:00 PM


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Contact: Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 202-898-0792

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A blue ribbon panel of scientists and scholars of the National Research Council today concluded a three-year-long review of data on gun violence in America, issuing a report that called for research to close enormous gaps in the knowledge base for making sound gun policy decisions.

Unfortunately, the Federal government has been moving in the precise opposite direction. Congress has shut down sources of gun violence data and favors giving gun companies immunity from facing discovery in the courts.

"Congress and the current Administration have been working to systematically block information related to gun crimes in America -- information that could help drive sensible public policy," said Michael Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

In its report, the panel said, "licensed gun dealers play an important role" in "supplying criminals and juveniles with guns." The panel called for crime gun trace data maintained by the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as information from Brady Act background checks on gun purchasers, to be made available for research that may lead to a more complete understanding of the diversion of guns from licensed dealers to the illegal market.

Instead, Congress has blocked that data. This year, Congress passed legislation requiring the destruction of Brady background records after 24 hours and took several steps to aggressively block disclosure of the ATF data. That trace data, according to the NRC, has already enabled researchers to understand that many thousands of guns are rapidly diverted from gun dealers into the hands of criminals and juveniles.

"By enforcing this policy, Congress is doing the bidding of the extreme gun lobby and the gun industry, which does not want the American people to understand how reckless gun dealers funnel guns to criminals," Barnes said.

The National Rifle Association has worked for years to cast a broad chill over public gun issue research. The NRA knows the better informed the public is about gun industry complicity in the gun violence problem, the more difficult it will be to pass their top legislative priority -- sweeping legal immunity for the gun industry.

http://www.usnewswire.com/
 

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My favorite antigun site is www.jointogether.org, an anti-gun and anti-drug project of the Boston School of Medicine that approaches both as a public health issue.
 

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What I find interesting, and why I post some of this is the press release process and how it is used to generate stories in the paper and sources for quotes.

These releases are sent to all the outlets via fax or email and they do show up in the newspapers as "news".

It is fun to scan the PR Newswire and then compare next days stories. Been doing that for years.
 

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Where does one find the "PR Newswire"? TIA, GG
 

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Cool, that just went into my "Favorites" list. Thanks again. GG
 

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If you frequently read the newswire, you will see how the news editors at places like AP and your local paper select the press releases to put into your paper as "news".

There are so many advocacy groups out there that there is a never ending source of "news" from the left available to the media. Seldom do they pick up releases from conservative groups.

This selection process is the best evidence to me of the leftist bias they keep denying exists.

I go by what I see.
 

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GOPUSA.com is another good one.
 
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