A new report affirms what we already know: Easier access to guns means more violent deaths

A new report affirms what we already know: Easier access to guns means more violent deaths

Studies have proved what common sense has already told us: Places that have more and easier access to guns tend to have more gun deaths . Now a new report by the Violence Policy Center reaffirms a similar link between looser gun-control laws and gun-suicide rates. It stands to reason that suicidal people with easy access to firearms will find it easier to kill themselves on the spur of the moment, and studies also have found that connection between access to firearms and gun homicides . The link is there, too, in lethal acts of domestic violence including murder-suicides — a woman is five times more likely to be killed if she lives in a house with a gun, according to one study . It’s the guns that increase the lethality of a moment, whether it be a self-destructive impulse or a lover’s rage. So who led the pack in gun-suicide rates, according to the Violence Policy Center? Montana, where two-thirds of households have firearms and where the gun-suicide rate was 15.54 per 100,000 residents, more than twice the national rate of 7.1. The lowest gun-suicide rate was in New Jersey, at 1.97 per 100,000, and where only 17.4% of households owned firearms. California’s gun-suicide rate was 4.06, with 27.2% of households owning firearms. And California maintains some of the toughest gun-control laws in the country, including bans on high-capacity magazines, limits on assault-style rifles, tight control of concealed carry permits, mandatory background checks, and restrictions on carrying a […]

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