Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety

The Biden-Harris Administration has released a new Fact Sheet which announces a Comprehensive Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gun Crime and Ensure Public Safety.  As President Biden “has repeatedly said, we are experiencing an epidemic of gun violence in this country.” The Strategy tackles violent crime and its root causes, highlighting troubling trends in American gun...

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The Rise of Domestic Extremism

In the wake of an increasing amount of events related to armed politics and violent activism in the United States, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has released two reports that evaluate the growing threats of domestic extremist movements. The first report, Skinheads, Saints, and (National) Socialists: An Overview of...

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In Case You Missed It: MMWR and COVID

The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) maintains a collection of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which collects and analyzes data from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on epidemiology and public health. Each issue of the MMWR is packed with raw and analyzed public health data...

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International Survey of Coronavirus News

Since early 2020, news and media have played an especially important role in providing ongoing information about the coronavirus pandemic. News reporters and journalists have done their best to provide credible, trustworthy, and data-driven information which people have been able to use to protect themselves, their families, and communities. Conversely,...

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Countering Violent Extremism Interventions

What interventions are being used and how effective are they for countering violent extremism?  The UK-based organization, Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, delves into these questions with their May 2021 report, Countering Violent Extremism Interventions: Contemporary Research.  Some key findings from their report are: Former extremists are...

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Recent Focus on QAnon

Months after the January 6, 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, the QAnon conspiracy theory continues to gain traction in the U.S., and pose potential threats to American democracy and public safety. QAnon’s main premise is that prominent members of the Democratic Party and Hollywood elite comprise a transnational...