US researchers: Link between gun ownership and homicide found

09/13/2013 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

US – Researchers in the US have reportedly found a plausible statistical link between gun ownership and homicide according to a new study. As reported by AFP, the study contends that for every one percentage point in gun ownership prevalence in a given state, there was a .9 percent increase in the firearm homicide rate.

The findings are stated to challenge the claim by the National Rifle Association that higher levels of gun violence are not caused by increased gun ownership.

The study was led by Boston University community health sciences professor Michael Siegel and covers 30 years from 1981 and each of the 50 states in the US. It is stated to be the first of its kind since the mass shooting tragedy at a Connecticut elementary school in December of last year.

Siegal is quoted by AFP as stating of the study, “This research is the strongest to date to document that states with higher levels of gun ownership have disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides.”

The study appears in the American Journal of Public Health.

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