by German Lopez
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, Gun Violence
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Considerable research suggests it wouldn’t help
In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre,
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters suggested to WCPO TV that teachers “trained to
handle a weapon” should be armed.
The idea isn’t surprising coming from the Republican
county prosecutor. In the onset of tragedies like the one in Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., conservatives tend to counter
liberal cries for more gun control by saying the United States actually
needs more guns. They argue an armed society deters and is more
effective in stopping criminals.
The problem is the idea contradicts broader scientific
research. Following the attack at Tucson, Ariz., that nearly killed
former U.S. representative Gabrielle Giffords, economist Richard Florida
looked state-by-state into what factors correlate with gun violence.
He found no correlation between gun violence and mental illness, higher
stress levels, neurotic personalities, higher unemployment or
inequality. However, his research did find that the places with the most
gun control tend to have less gun violence.
Researchers at Harvard Injury Control Research Center found another correlation:
Whether looking at countries or states, more guns means more homicides.
More specifically, men and women in places with more firearms are at a
larger risk for gun-related homicide.
The University of Pennsylvania tackled the issue from a different angle
in 2009: The researchers looked at gun assault cases to see if gun
owners were more or less likely to be shot. They found people with guns
were 4.46 times more likely to be shot and people who had a chance to
resist were 5.45 times more likely to be shot.
In 2009, ABC News ran a 20/20 special
that used a simulation to gauge whether armed civilians can stop
attacks. The simulation placed trained and armed students into a
classroom, where they thought they would be getting additional
firearms training. In the middle of the lecture, an armed gunman broke
into the classroom and began shooting the teacher and students with fake
rounds. In all the examples shown, none of the students were able to
stop the gunman before taking shots that would have been deadly in a
real scenario. Essentially, being trained in the use of a firearm was
not enough to prepare someone for the high levels of distorting stress
experienced in a real crisis.
In their defense, conservatives typically point to a few stories, including one in which a gun-toting Florida senior stopped an armed robbery at an Internet cafe.
But are a few feel-good stories enough to trump scientific research?
After all, one of the main purposes of the social sciences is to sort
through outliers and find real tends with strong evidence.
Looking at the facts and research available, perhaps it’s better
to focus on mental health services and gun control than it is to arm
school teachers and staff, as suggested in CityBeat’s Dec. 19 news commentary.
CityBeat could not immediately reach the
prosecutor’s office for comments through phone or email. This story will
be updated if comments become available.
Janaya Trotter to run against powerful Republican for county prosecutor
3 Comments · Tuesday, March 20, 2012
If Janaya Trotter is successful, she
would be both the first woman and the first African-American prosecutor
in Hamilton County’s history. Trotter, 31, is a lifelong county
resident who graduated from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P.
Chase Law College in 2008.
8 Comments · Tuesday, February 8, 2011
We're not sure if Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters pays The Enquirer to handle his public relations, but he should. In a stunning example of Deters spinning his previous statements and the newspaper ignoring its previous article on the topic, The Enquirer reported Feb. 2 that Deters was angry and upset about a contract approved by county commissioners for use of an outside law firm.
1 Comment · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Maybe it's easier to stand up for principle when you're retiring in a few weeks, but the Republican U.S. senator from Cleveland has never been afraid to buck his party, when needed. Now George Voinovich is calling out skittish President Obama and dogmatic GOP lawmakers for their deal to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone — including millionaires and billionaires — for the next two years.
2 Comments · Wednesday, September 15, 2010
You don't have to be a liberal or even sympathetic to the plight of homeless people to be outraged by the Sept. 2 announcement from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters. He said that, based on a finding by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, his office wouldn't file felony charges against Cincinnati Police Officer Marty Polk, who drove over a homeless woman under a blanket in Washington Park. Except the state investigation isn't finished and no findings have been offered.
2 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
When four people were injured as the result of a gay bashing on Aug. 14 at a gasoline station in Covington, police and city officials there took the situation seriously. The City Commission held a news conference reaffirming its commitment to the local human rights ordinance, while police increased patrols near the six gay-oriented businesses in and near the MainStrasse district.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 18, 2010
An internal investigation into whether Lt. Col. Michael Cureton, an assistant police chief, improperly offered police services in exchange for free tickets to a Jamie Foxx concert in summer 2009 finally concluded in March that Cureton violated police rules about accepting gifts. A department spokeswoman said then that Police Chief Thomas Streicher Jr. would review the report and decide what, if any, discipline was warranted. Some 146 days later and counting, he still hasn't decided what to do about Cureton.
0 Comments · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky recently bought a 2.5-acre parcel on Mall Road in Florence, just off I-75, where it will build a new Park & Ride hub. Construction will begin in the fall and, when completed, the site will feature a shelter for riders and 200 parking spaces. Meanwhile, John Boehner sells his soul.
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2010
It's time for Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters to use his considerable influence and put the squeeze on Bengals owner Mike Brown. Hamilton County officials are desperately seeking to renegotiate the lease for Paul Brown Stadium because the county's stadium account is facing a $13.8 million deficit this year. The deficit will jump to $25 million in a few years and could cumulatively total more than $700 million by 2032, when the Bengals' lease expires. Unless the Bengals agree to some concessions, county commissioners will have to cut some services to residents, lay off some county workers or probably both to cover the shortfall.
2 Comments · Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled June 9 that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters was within his legal authority last October when he convinced 12 Common Pleas judges to sign an order firing a private law firm used for years by Hamilton County commissioners. The action was taken without prior notification to the commissioners and occurred only after they had cut $15 million from the Prosecutor's Office budget. Just a week before the high court's decision, another judge in a lawsuit related to Deters' action had sided with commissioners.