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Title: The language of less-lethal weapons

Citation Type: Journal Article

Publication Year: 2022

ISSN: 1091-6490

DOI: 10.1073/PNAS.2117779119

PMID: 35412863

Abstract: <p> It has been over 1 year since we observed the policing of the George Floyd protests in the United States [R. R. Hardeman, E. M. Medina, R. W. Boyd, <italic>N. Engl. J. Med.</italic> 383, 197–199 (2020)]. Multiple injury reports emerged in medical journals, and the scientific community called for law enforcement to discontinue the use of less-lethal weapons [E. A. Kaske <italic>et al.</italic> , <italic>N. Engl. J. Med</italic> . 384, 774–775 (2021) and K. A. Olson <italic>et al.</italic> , <italic>N. Engl. J. Med.</italic> 383, 1081–1083 (2020)]. Despite progress in research, policy change has not followed a similar pace. Although the reasoning for this discrepancy is multifactorial, failure to use appropriate language may be one contributing factor to the challenges faced in updating policies and practices. Here, we detail how language has the potential to influence thinking and decision-making, we discuss how the language of less-lethal weapons minimizes harm, and we provide a framework for naming conventions that acknowledges harm. </p>


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Authors: Kaske, Erika A.; Wu, Joel T.; Hardeman, Rachel R.; Darrow, David P.; Satin, David J.

Periodical (Full): Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Issue: 17

Volume: 119