Global map of potential tipping cascades. The individual tipping elements are color- coded according to estimated thresholds in global average surface temperature tipping points 12 Arrows show the potential interactions among the tipping elements based on expert elicitation that could generate cascades. Observations of past behavior support an important contribution of changes in ocean circulation to such feedback cascades.
Page ix Share Cite Suggested Citation: The National Academies Press. The report of the Committee on Improving Research Information and Data on Firearms was not intended to, nor does it reach any conclusions about the issue of gun control.
Rather, we have addressed what empirical research tells about the role of firearms in violence. Our recommendations address how to improve the empirical foundation for discussions about firearms policy. Until that foundation is better established, little progress is likely in the ongoing public debate over firearms.
One theme that runs throughout our report is the relative absence of credible data central to addressing even the most basic questions about firearms and violence.
As we often state in the report, without much better data, important questions will continue to be unanswerable. This is unacceptable when we see the impact that firearm-related violent injury and death have on American society and especially some of the most vulnerable segments of that population.
The fact that little can be said about the prevention and control of these levels of death and injury—when for some segments of the population they are the leading causes of death and injury—is of concern to us as citizens and scientists.
Reaching National academy of sciences essay on a controversial topic for which research is limited and in conflict requires an exceptional committee and staff.
The committee has spent the past two years learning about research and data on firearms and seeking to learn from each other how our disciplines evaluate Page x Share Cite Suggested Citation: It is only because committee members had diverse backgrounds, uncommon respect for each other, and a willingness to apply common scientific standards to our deliberations that we were able to complete our work in what I think is an exceptional manner.
Some may disagree with our analysis, but none can question our effort to raise the science of firearms research so that it can begin to inform public policy.
I thank committee members for their work and patience. Needless to say, the staff for the committee carried a very heavy load. Without them we would have not been able to complete our work.
John Pepper in particular deserves special recognition as the study director. John not only provided outstanding staff support but he also helped form the structure of our report, edited and contributed to many of the chapters, was the primary drafter of one chapter, and always managed to see a way forward when we seemed stymied.
Carol Petrie, staff director of the Committee on Law and Justice, provided invaluable insight into the way we could deal with controversial topics, helped keep us on track, and edited every chapter. Brenda McLaughlin, research associate, provided valuable assistance, and Michelle McGuire, program assistant, and Ralph Patterson, senior project assistant, performed superbly.
The committee is grateful to Anthony Braga, Harvard University, whose work as a consultant to the committee throughout its period of operation was invaluable. And the committee wants to thank Christine McShane, of the Division on Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education, for her invaluable assistance in preparing the manuscript for review and publication.
She provided clear and sensible guidance on chapter and appendix organization, and she did an outstanding job of editing the entire report, several times.
The committee could not have completed its work without the assistance of many scholars and policy officials who gave unstintingly of their time and shared their resources, their work, and their thinking.
To gather information on a variety of subjects from a diversity of perspectives, we held four public workshops: We thank all of the individuals who served as presenters and discussants at these meetings.
They are listed here alphabetically, and with their affiliations at the time of each workshop: Roseanna Ander, Joyce Foundation; J. This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council NRC.
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