Gun Violence

The Topic

The United States has substantially higher levels of firearm violence than most other developed countries. A recent NPR report said gun violence death rates in the U.S. are the 28th-highest in the world, and far greater than what is seen in other wealthy countries. 

headshots of Edward Mulvey and Jack Mozel
Edward Mulvey, Jack Mozel

Our Expert's Take

In a 2017 study published in the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Pitt’s Jack Rozel and Edward Mulvey summarize the existing evidence about the interplay among mental illness, violence and firearms, with particular attention paid to the role of active symptoms, addiction, victimization and psychosocial risk factors. The social and legal context of firearm ownership is discussed as a preface to exploring practical, evidence-driven and behaviorally informed policy recommendations for mitigating firearm violence risk.