Sonia Salari, associate professor of family and consumer studies, has spent her career researching gun violence, focusing on domestic shootings and suicide. “It is devastating to the families involved,” she said. “It makes a huge difference to children of the victims, as well as those of the offenders.” The prevalence of guns in American households makes it easier for people to act on destructive impulses that most likely would pass in minutes or hours, Salari said. When there is no firearm in the home, there are fewer homicides and suicides. Read more.