Here Are 12 Facts We Know About Gun Violence, According to Science

Here Are 12 Facts We Know About Gun Violence, According to Science

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On Saturday 3 August, a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more. The suspect was arrested, and the US Justice Department is investigating the incident as an act of domestic terrorism that may have targeted immigrants. Less than 24 hours later, a gunman killed nine people , including his sister, on a street in Dayton, Ohio, and wounded 27 others before he was killed by the police. The week before, yet another gunman, a 19-year-old, killed three people (two of them children) and injured 13 before fatally shooting himself at a festival in Gilroy, California. Though President Donald Trump has blamed these mass shootings on mental illness and video games , the science on gun violence does not back up those claims. Rather, studies have found that a person’s history of domestic abuse and having easy access to guns, particularly assault weapons, are linked to higher rates of gun violence. Here’s what research tells us. 1. Gun violence is poorly researched, but studies have strongly linked it with certain factors – and turned up little evidence for others. "In relation to mortality rates, gun-violence research was the least-researched cause of death and the second-least-funded cause of death," the authors of a 2017 study wrote. The study attributed this lack of research to a 1996 bill that barred scientists at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence. In 2018, President Donald Trump signed a bill that […]

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