Online Program

Gun Control Policy Development and Its Impact on Gun Violence

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Mei Wen, Ph.D., Department of Health Sciences and Social Work, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
Shichun Luan, Dr., School of Criminal Justice, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China
Gun violence is associated with tremendous loss of lives and injuries worldwide. China, like most of the Asian Countries, has strict laws and regulations to control the ownership and use of guns and firearms to prevent gun violence and the related injuries. This study aims to describe the policy change from 1949 to 2014 related to gun control and gun violence in China, and evaluate the trigger and impact of policy change to the people's health and wellness.  In China, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law now. The major source of data comes from what is released by the government.  Data collected include different laws, policies, and reported gun-related crimes and injuries. Time trend analysis is used to depict the policy development and change over time and its associated triggers. The study also explores the impact of the laws and policies on reduction of gun violence and injury in China.  Gun control policies experience three stages: from not restricting private gun ownership to stricter gun control regulations and policies. Besides, policy changes are always associated with the occurrence of large scale or serious gun-related crime to prevent possible injury and loss of lives. The evolvement of gun control policy helps to keep the gun violence rate comparatively low in China.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the policy change over the past sixty six years related to gun control and gun violence in China, and evaluate the trigger and impact of policy change to the people's health and wellness.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Violence & Injury Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been doing research and teaching related to public policy and healthcare administration. My recent interest is on injury control policy analysis and research in China.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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