Following a school shooting in Oregon, I was interviewed on Connecticut Public why guns are not regulated as consumer products like any other that poses a threat to human health.

“Our nation’s lax attitude toward gun proliferation is partly the result of a Hollywood version of gun technology…[Specifically, the notion that] a gun is just a tool. It’s as good or bad as the man who uses it. We’ve heard this notion a lot, but it’s certainly not an idea that we apply to other consumer products in America.”

In contrast, products like automobiles have been closely regulated with an eye toward public health and safety.


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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.

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