Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently featured on CNN in a report titled: “Gun Violence Epidemic: Why Canada’s Gun Violence is Fraction of US”. Over the 4th of July weekend, there were hundreds of shootings in the US, including three mass shootings. These events have led to rising concerns over the US’ lenient gun laws and questions about why shootings are rarer in Canada. In this CNN report, experts explain that people who want to own a firearm in Canada must first undergo a lengthy process of background checks, waiting period, and strict training. Canada’s stringent requirements and continued monitoring of gun owners work to prevent the misuse of firearms. Professor Lee says that “the Canadian system recognizes that people’s lives change over time and that just because you’re fit to own a gun at one point in time does not mean that in the future you will continue to be fit.”
Professor Jooyoung Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and a faculty member in the Centre for the Study of the United States. His research deals with gun violence and its impact on young Black men in different contexts. In his latest work, he examines how murder transforms families and communities, how we can use videos to enhance research on interaction and youth experiences with guns in Toronto.
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