Statistics on Gun Violence in Alaska Don’t Support Additional Gun Control

By Holly A. Bell<a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/?attachment_id=2228" rel="attachment wp-att-2228"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-2228" alt="No Shooting @ Mud Bay" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/No-Shooting-300x200.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></a> As someone who has always protected the rights of individuals to own firearms, I am often dismissed lately as less than a reliable source based on the fact that I happen to live in Alaska (even though I’ve only lived here a few years). Of course Alaska has a reputation for being a very gun-friendly state with liberal firearms laws and a significant hunting culture. Or, as someone rather explicitly stated recently, we are a bunch of “gun nuts”. Yes, Alaskans own a lot of guns, but I would like to share some statistics that you might find interesting. The State of Alaska is one of 17 states that participate in the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.cdc.gov/injury/FundedPrograms/index.html">CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)</a>. Here are a few statistics from <a rel="nofollow" href="http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/forum/25/4winter2009/b_nvdrs.html">Alaska's report</a>: <ul> <li>The rate of

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Less Gun Control; More Wellness Care

<h2><a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/?attachment_id=2171" rel="attachment wp-att-2171"><img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-2171" alt="ID-10076349" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ID-10076349-300x199.jpg" width="300" height="199" /></a>What if gun control is not the answer?</h2> By Holly A. Bell I’m deeply saddened by the events unfolding in Connecticut today and the loss of so many innocent lives. I’m also disturbed by the culture of violence that seems to permeate the U.S. As you might expect the usual rallying cry to ban automatic weapons or guns in general has permeated social media today. This concerns me as well, not because I wouldn’t be willing to give up my guns if I thought that would end violence, but because we are attempting to treat a symptom rather than the actual problem. While we don’t know much about the accused in this case as I write this, quite often there are signs that the individuals who commit these types of crimes were experiencing some type of mental or emotional issue prior to

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