States With More Gun Laws Have Fewer Gun Deaths

| March 7, 2013

A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study released Wednesday indicates that a higher number of firearm laws in a state are associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities in the state.

Overall, states with the most gun laws had a 42 percent lower gun death rate than states with the least number of laws. The results are based on an analysis of 2007-2010 gun-related homicides and suicides from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ioi130037f1

More than 30,000 people nationwide die from guns every year nationwide, and there’s evidence that gun-related violent crime rates have increased since 2008, a journal editorial noted.

During the four-years studied, there were nearly 122,000 gun deaths, 60 percent of them suicides.

The average state-based firearm fatality rates varied from a high of 17.9 (Louisiana) to a low of 2.9 (Hawaii) per 100 000 individuals per year.

“Our motivation was really to understand what are the interventions that can be done to reduce firearm mortality,” said Dr. Eric Fleegler, the study’s lead author and an emergency department pediatrician and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Fleegler said his study’s conclusions took into account factors also linked with gun violence, including poverty, education levels and race, which vary among the states. The researchers also used data on gun control measures in all 50 states compiled by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a well-known gun control advocacy group.

While there’s a correlation between the number of laws and the number of deaths, researchers are unsure which particular laws have the most effect.

Summary

A 2013 JAMA Internal Medicine study indicates that a higher number of firearm laws in a state are associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities in the state.

Overall, states with the most gun laws had a 42 percent lower gun death rate than states with the least number of laws. The average state-based firearm fatality rates varied from a high of 17.9 (Louisiana) to a low of 2.9 (Hawaii) per 100 000 individuals per year.

GUNFAQ: http://www.gunfaq.org/2013/03/states-with-more-gun-laws-have-fewer-gun-deaths/

References

  1. JAMA: Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Fatalities in the United States

Share This Article With A Friend...

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Additional Articles Under...

Sponsored By...

Smart-Grips For New iPad