JLME journal issue

Gun Violence in America: An Interdisciplinary Examination

Every year, nearly 40,000 Americans die from gun violence, an average of 100 people per day. Another 73,000 people experience firearm injuries — some so severe they are life altering, according to federal statistics. The United States leads the developed world in rates of gun violence, and the toll of this epidemic affects everyone across the country. To examine the deleterious effects of this growing crisis, Yale Law School faculty and students teamed up with experts across Yale University to publish a groundbreaking volume devoted to the gun violence epidemic in the January issue of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (JLME). The Journal issue marks the culmination of a special course taught at Yale Law School in the spring of 2020 titled “The Law, Policy, and Guns," and features 26 articles from a team of students, professors, scholars, physicians, advocates and other experts from across the country seeking to address the epidemic through interdisciplinary conversation and research. The authors tackled the problem from four angles — criminal justice, medicine and public health, the roles of regulation and litigation, and data and empirics.

The articles published in Gun Violence in America: An Interdisciplinary Examination (2020) include: