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Chapter 15 - The Sandy Hook Effect

What We Can and Cannot Do about Gun Violence

from Part III - Deferred Dreams: Reflections on Politics and Society

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2020

Michael Shermer
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Chapman University, California
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After the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, my lecture agent Scott Wolfman, whose offices are located only eight miles from the site of the deadliest school shooting in history, contacted me to inquire if I would be willing to engage in a debate over gun control. He felt the need to do something – anything – to address the problem, and as gun violence was a subject I had done some research on, I undertook a thorough review of the social science literature and, in the process of preparing to debate the pro-gun advocate John Lott, penned this research article, first published in Skeptic for a special issue on gun violence. In brief, I concluded that while preventing highly improbable mass murders like that at Sandy Hook is impossible, there are some things we can do to decrease violence and reduce the carnage, which has only gotten worse since that tragic event.

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Giving the Devil his Due
Reflections of a Scientific Humanist
, pp. 161 - 176
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • The Sandy Hook Effect
  • Michael Shermer, Chapman University, California
  • Book: Giving the Devil his Due
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108779395.016
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  • The Sandy Hook Effect
  • Michael Shermer, Chapman University, California
  • Book: Giving the Devil his Due
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108779395.016
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  • The Sandy Hook Effect
  • Michael Shermer, Chapman University, California
  • Book: Giving the Devil his Due
  • Online publication: 28 February 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108779395.016
Available formats
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