Reframing The Gun Debate To Reduce Gun Violence

Civil arms rights activists, modern shooting sports enthusiasts, and the shooting industry should push policymakers to reframe their post-Newtown agenda in light of evidence-based behavioral crime prevention strategies and related analysis.

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Reframing The Gun Debate To Reduce Gun Violence
TSM Worldwide LLC
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Geneva – 1. Policymakers clearly need help seeking new ways to curb armed violence in America.

The focus on blanket solutions is neither popular nor practical, and is apparently going nowhere.

The path ahead must be predicated on proven practices in law enforcement and crime prevention, and analysis of official statistics.

The intent of this article is to provide arms rights activists, shooting enthusiasts, and the industry some ideas to share with their local policymakers. The article first conveys key messages about armed violence and proven behavioral based crime prevention strategies. It then summarizes key findings, implications, and take-aways from statistical analysis of official American data by this author.

2. Perhaps the most important messages for policymakers is that scholarship and successful field work shows that armed violence does not spread epidemically nor follow a disease model, and that blanket approaches to gun violence (e.g. categorical gun bans, universal policies) are inherently misguided. This is evidenced by the “Boston Miracle” engineered by award winning criminologist David Kennedy, then of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

2.1. During the 1990s David Kennedy led the Boston Crime Reduction Project, which resulted in a serious and sustained reduction in gun violence among Boston’s youth, which has since been adopted by over 50 cities in the United States. This project is profiled by the US Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs for its sustained effectiveness. David Kennedy is now the Director of the John Jay Center for Crime Prevention and Control and author of several books, the most recent of which is Don’t Shoot: One Man, A Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America. Mr. Kennedy is trying to create a national movement of rational and behavioral crime prevention strategy. Mr. Kennedy’s policies actually align with the interests of guns rights activists, shooting sports enthusiasts, and the shooting industry because they presuppose that gun bans, for example, don’t work.

2.2. The main take-away from Kennedy’s work is…

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About The Author
Jeff Moran, a Principal at TSM Worldwide LLC, specializes in the international defense, security, and firearms industries. Previously Mr. Moran was a strategic marketing leader for a multi-billion dollar unit of a public defense & aerospace company, an American military diplomat, and a nationally ranked competitive rifle shooter. He is currently studying international humanitarian and human rights law with the Executive LL.M. Program of the Geneva Academy. Earlier this year he completed an Executive Master in International Negotiation from the Graduate Institute of Geneva. Mr. Moran also has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and a BSFS from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Visit:

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Gun violence dropped 74% since 1994.

What the hell are they talking about?


“Gun violence” includes firearm suicides, which are about twice the number of homocides (11,000-CDC numbers), and constitute only half of the total suicides (38,000). Personally I would rather have someone who has given it up execute themselves with a firearm than crash into my car or land on its roof from a bridge. I would suggest that either ending the war on drugs or getting serious about it, especially in the east coast inner cities would drastically reduce firearm homocides as well. But if liberals were really interested in “public safety” they would do something about the drunk drivers and… Read more »


This article indirectly supports the idea that the best way to reduce gun violence is to end the war on drugs. From Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

Reducing Gun Violence Isn’t About Gun Control – It’s About the Drug War

So much has been said in recent months on the subject of gun violence, but in the midst of this heated debate, one obvious solution to rampant gun violence has often been downplayed or overlooked: ending drug prohibition.