Published date08 April 2019
Date08 April 2019
AuthorRobert J. Cramer
Subject MatterHealth & social care
Robert J. Cramer
Welcome to issue 11.2 of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. This issue
presents a three-article special section devoted to the theme novel firearms-related research
and scholarship. First, Pirelli and Gold provide insight into a novel approach in mental
health assessment and violence prevention, the Know, Ask, Doframework for handling
firearm-related matters. Grounded in ethics and responsibilities, the authors articulate a rationale
for and details concerning the need for healthcare professionals to undertake education or
training in basic firearms-related knowledge and cultural competence. This line of training holds
promise for positive downstream impacts in areas such as restoration of gun rights and violence
prevention. Formica et al. integrate criminal justice and public health perspectives toward
understanding characteristics of firearm homicide victims in the state of New York. The authors
also demonstrate an important empirical link demonstrating lack of presence of clinicians is
associated with higher rates of firearm homicide. Empirical findings raise the possibility of
enhancing primary care access in rural areas as a potential partial solution to firearm violence.
Finally, Anestis et al. conduct a preliminary evaluation of the National Defense Authorization Act.
This law empowered military commanding officers and clinicians to ask active duty service
members deemed to be at elevated suicide risk about personal firearms, among other aspects of
the law. Analysis of federal data shows mixed evidence for the impact of the law, necessitating
more precise data collection efforts and additional future evaluative work.
This special section of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research provides new
conceptual, practice and empirical understanding toward new solutions to firearm violence.
DOI 10.1108/JACPR-04-2019-397 VOL. 11 NO. 2 2019, p.77, © Emerald Publishing Limited, ISSN 1759-6599
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