Collaborative and Missouri Foundation for Health Announce Nearly $2 Million in Grants to Study Gun Violence in Missouri
Jul 30, 2020
This project examines whether self-defensive gun use during an assault increases or decreases the risk of injury to the person using the gun defensively, holding other risk factors constant.
To clarify the competing risks and benefits of self-defensive gun use relative to other protective strategies and evaluate a novel structural framework that negotiates the etiologic complexity of interpersonal violence.
This study will help to address unresolved questions about the personal and public safety benefits of armed resistance to crime.
Erik S. Jorgenson, MPH, is a predoctoral fellow in the MSPH Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University. His research focuses on the intersections of violence and health, specifically gun violence prevention and drug-violence connections in American youth. His work emphasizes the use of 'big data' in service of evidence-based policy and practice. His current research uses Bayesian methods to investigate the relationship between modifiable interpersonal behaviors and injury risk.