What Counts?

Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig

in Gun Violence

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199849208 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

What Counts?

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This chapter provides an accounting framework for monetizing the benefits of reducing gun violence. It illustrates how a “vaccine” would reduce the threat of gunshot injury. Tracing through all of the ways in which the public would benefit helps highlight a number of costs that have been ignored in the previous studies of this topic. This would also clarify the different ways in which gun violence reduces the quality of life in America. There would be less need for investments in prevention, avoidance, and harm reduction, both public and private, and less concern about being shot or losing a loved one or a neighbor to gunfire.

Keywords: gun violence; vaccine; costs; America; investment; gunfire; gunshot injury

Chapter.  6043 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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