February 18, 2013
New Studies Will Focus on Reducing Guns' Toll, Not on Banning Them
Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post, Getty Images
Stephen P. Teret was just starting out as a law student in Manhattan, more than 40 years ago, when he got a real-life lesson in the hidden complexities of gun policy.
To help the district attorney's office, the young Mr. Teret was asked to review the police-arrest reports stacking up in an overburdened courthouse and decide if each of the alleged crimes should be prosecuted as a felony—meaning a potential loss of gun-ownership rights—or moved along quickly as a