One Great Way to Reduce Gun Violence? A Whole Lot of Data

Jens Passoth/Getty ImagesAt their core, data tell stories. They reveal patterns, show changes over time, and confirm or challenge our theories. And in cities across the country, mayors, police chiefs, and other local leaders are turning to data to help them understand and address gun violence, one of the most persistent crises they face. WIRED OPINION About Ted Alcorn (@tedalcorn) is Director of Innovation at Everytown for Gun Safety, the nation’s largest gun violence research and advocacy organization, which recently issued a comprehensive report entitled Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in American Cities. Innovative, data-driven programs are showing encouraging results. To keep high school students on the right track, the city of Chicago scaled up a school-based program called Becoming a Man for seventh through tenth graders living in neighborhoods with high rates of…

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