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Data-Facing Track Call
November 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
First Tuesday of every month
1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 11am MT/ 10am PT/ 8am HT
Title: The National Archive of Criminal Justice Data: What data is still missing?
Presenter: A.J. Million (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan)
Over the life course, police kill approximately 1 in 1,000 black men. Racial inequality perpetuates health disparities in the U.S. which has internationally high levels of gun violence. Black people are twice as likely to die by firearm than members of the general population, and other racial and demographic groups experience high injury and mortality rates. In 2018, 75% of homicides involved firearms, but most firearm-related deaths came from suicide.
Gun control is a political topic. What is not political, however, is the realization that guns are lethal tools that shape public health. Unfortunately, the U.S. currently lacks a national infrastructure to study public health and firearms issues in a consistent way. Federal law prohibits the creation of a national gun registry. Congress only recently clarified the Dickey Amendment to allow government agencies to sponsor firearms-related research. To simultaneously save lives and protect gun owner rights, researchers need better data.
In this presentation, A.J. will describe the U.S. firearms data infrastructure. A.J. will also discuss a report published by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, which identifies problems with this infrastructure and makes recommendations to improve it. A.J. presents these recommended changes and then concludes by returning to the topic of policing and race from his professional position as Director of the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data at the University of Michigan.
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