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What One Journalist Learned From Compiling Instances of Gun Violence

By Penny Okamoto, Executive Director of Ceasefire Oregon

Over a year and a half ago, just after the Sandy Hook massacre, Jennifer Mascia began writing a blog and tracking who gets shot in America. She worked to compile as many instances of gun violence as she could find.

In this article, she reflects on what she learned researching and writing this blog, and notes that while half the shootings were the result of crime, the other half were generated by arguments. Jennifer argues that we need to thoroughly vet people before they can acquire guns, and while we may not be able to completely prevent gun violence, we should implement proven methods to reduce it.