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Research Driven Policy: Is Financial Capacity Related to Dangerousness?

  • Patrick H. DeLeon
  • Maegan M. Paxton
  • Tonya Spencer
  • Jouhayna E. Bajjani-Gebara
Commentary
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Abstract

Current Veterans administration policy directly links a Veteran’s adjudged capacity to manage personal financial resources with their ability to purchase or possess a firearm, pursuant to the regulatory authority of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Preventing Veterans’ suicide is a highly laudable public health objective. Effectively utilizing scientific research to “inform” public policy is equally important. The authors should be congratulated for their efforts. However, it is important in utilizing large set population-based data, especially social science data, to evaluate policy alternatives that there be substantial face (i.e., clinical) validity. Correlation does not necessarily represent causation.

Keywords

Research driven policy Firearms restrictions Fiduciaries Veterans 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick H. DeLeon
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Maegan M. Paxton
    • 2
  • Tonya Spencer
    • 3
  • Jouhayna E. Bajjani-Gebara
    • 3
  1. 1.Uniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Medical and Clinical PsychologyUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of NursingUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA

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