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[Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School, wrote this for the blog of the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale, of which he is a part. He and his colleagues study how cultural values shape risk perceptions. In this post,...

[Dan Kahan, a professor of law and psychology at Yale Law School, wrote this for the blog of the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale, of which he is a part. He and his colleagues study how cultural values shape risk perceptions. In this post, published today, he looks at research on the death penalty and concealed-carry gun laws and how the findings were portrayed in editorials in The New York Times.]

What is the expert consensus on whether the death penalty deters murders—or instead increases them through a cultural “brutalization effect”?

What is the expert consensus on whether permitting citizens to carry concealed handguns in the public increases homicide—or instead decreases it by discouraging violent predation?

According to the National Research Council, the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the expert consensus answer to...