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Reducing Gun Crime in Virginia: Trends and the Need for Clear Thinking in Public Policy

Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s majority stance against efforts to regulate gun availability and ownership, many policies aimed at lessening gun violence have had at best a minimal impact, according to this article by Thomas Baker, assistant professor in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Ph.D. in criminology.

But one policy not used in Virginia and 33 other states would clearly make it more difficult for criminals or unqualified users to obtain guns, writes Baker: requiring a background check for anyone buying from an unlicensed private seller, including those at gun shows and flea markets...MORE

Racial Dot Map

This new interactive map plots a dot for every person in the United States, color-coded by race and ethnicity.

Read more on the Demographics Research Group website.