In the Media Archive - News @ Northeastern

  • What research shows on the effectiveness of gun-control laws

    The Washington Post -- 05/27/2022

    Moreover, there are at least eight databases of mass shootings, including one maintained by The Washington Post, with different definitions and parameters. An upcoming paper for the Justice Department, written by a team led by James Alan Fox of Northeastern University, Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Michael Rocque of Bates College, attempts to craft a common definition: A mass public shooting is any event in which four or more individuals, not including the assailant(s), were killed by gunfire in a public setting within a 24-hour period. …

  • Will Pennsylvania vote for a Harvard grad with a working-class image?

    The Washington Post -- 05/27/2022

    Unbeknown to the participants, however, we randomly varied whether the candidates attended an Ivy League school (Harvard, Yale or Princeton) or a comparable, less-elite private university (Lehigh University, Northeastern University or Boston University).

  • A Strong Summer Job Market for Teenagers

    The New York Times -- 05/27/2022

    “Employers suddenly rediscovered teenagers,” said Alicia Sasser Modestino, a labor economist at Northeastern University. The market means higher pay — $17 or $18 per hour or even more, at some large retailers — and greater flexibility for younger workers. Some cities are advertising hourly rates of $20 or more for summer lifeguards.

  • School shootings are on the rise. More kids are dying from gunfire outside of school, too.

    USA Today -- 05/27/2022

    Including the Uvalde shooting — the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history — more people have died in mass killings in schools in the past five years than in the prior 12 years combined. That’s according to a database of mass killings kept by USA TODAY, the Associated Press and Northeastern University. A mass killing is defined as an incident in which four or more people are killed, not including the perpetrator.

  • A handbook aims to help local officials with the first 24 hours after a mass shooting

    NPR -- 05/27/2022

    This repetitive, tragic reality is why UnitedOnGuns at Northeastern University School of Law created what it calls a mass shooting protocol. It’s a checklist that prepares mayors and city managers for what to do in the first 24 hours after one of these incidents.

  • For ‘lockdown generation’ school shootings are their reality

    Associated Press -- 05/26/2022

    Mass shootings in schools have remained a grim presence in America, but their numbers have held relatively even in recent years. Since 2012, a total of 73 students have been killed in school shootings with at least four victims shot and two victims killed, according to research by James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University who studies mass killings.

  • H.R. 8 Mandates Gun Background Checks. Why Is It Stuck in the Senate?

    HowStuffWorks -- 05/26/2022

    This study, conducted by Northeastern University and Harvard University researchers and published in Annals of Internal Medicine in 2015, estimated that 22 percent of gun owners who had obtained a weapon in the previous two years had done so without going through a background check. Worse yet, 96 percent of prison inmates who had been prohibited from owning the gun that they used in a crime had obtained it through an unlicensed seller.

  • Justices to rule in gun case with US raw from mass shootings

    Associated Press -- 05/26/2022

    Just since the court heard arguments in the case, there have been 16 shootings where four or more people were killed, according to The Associated Press/USA TODAY/Northeastern University mass killing database. Those shootings have left 94 dead, including 31 adults and children in Buffalo and Texas, and 45 injured, the database says.

  • How inequality makes climate change worse

    Boston Globe -- 05/26/2022

    Jennie Stephens, director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, who did not work on the study, said she was “thrilled” to see the new research. “It demonstrates how our financial systems that are concentrating wealth and power … need to be transformed as part of society’s response to climate change,” she said.

  • America’s unique, enduring gun problem, explained

    Vox -- 05/26/2022

    American guns are concentrated in a tiny minority of households: just 3 percent own about half the nation’s guns, according to a 2016 Harvard and Northeastern University study. They’re called “super owners” who have an average of 17 guns each. Gallup, using a different methodology, found that 42 percent of American households overall owned guns in 2021.