Maine, the Country Should Overcome Fear to Illuminate Causes of Gun Violence

Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), January 28, 2013 | Go to article overview

Maine, the Country Should Overcome Fear to Illuminate Causes of Gun Violence


Even though about half of Maine households have at least one gun, the state had the third-lowest rate of firearm use in violent crimes in the country in 2009. But at what rate are guns used in Maine to threaten an intimate partner? And why are Maine people far more likely to turn a gun inward, to commit suicide?

It would help to have a better understanding of the conditions that contribute to all forms of gun-related violence and death.

That's why Maine's congressional delegation should wholeheartedly back President Barack Obama's memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies to research gun violence. If the country has the ability to study the root causes of violence and learn of ways to prevent the harm, then only ignorance or fear would hold it back.

Maine's leaders can support the effort by voting to fund the research, which would investigate the relationship between video games, media images and violence and would expand the National Violent Death Reporting System to collect anonymous data about homicides and suicides in all states -- about the type of firearm used, whether the firearm was stored loaded or locked and specifics about young people's gun access.

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins is co-sponsoring the Violence Against Women Act, and in December she called for the establishment of a National Commission on Violence to examine and act on the factors contributing to mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn. She has the credibility that any discussion about gun violence needs, and we hope she continues to use her position of power to encourage understanding. Newly elected independent Sen. Angus King can also bring a reasonable tone to the discussion.

Gathering good data about the factors that contribute to gun violence is a basic step toward overcoming the fear that has historically directed the gun debate.

In the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, the CDC researched gun violence. In 1993, for example, researchers published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine about whether people who had guns were likely to need them for protection. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Maine, the Country Should Overcome Fear to Illuminate Causes of Gun Violence
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.