State by state, more gun ownership equals more mass shootings, study shows

Date:2019-03-08 16:31:52

The new study on mass shootings, in particular, seems to call into question whether guns do make people safer. That does not appear to be the case on the whole, according to the study, “State gun laws, gun ownership, and mass shootings in the US: cross sectional time series,” published in the British Medical Journal and authored by researchers from Columbia University, New York University and other institutions.

Gun rights advocates have long held that mass shootings could only be prevented by the proverbial “good guy with a gun.” But the new study finds that, in fact, states with less restrictive gun laws are more likely to experience mass shootings, defined as a shooting in which four people or more were killed.

“States with more permissive gun laws and greater gun ownership have higher rates of mass shootings,” the researchers conclude. “There is a growing divergence in recent years as rates of mass shootings in restrictive states have decreased and those in permissive states have increased.”

The worst shooting in American history — the murder of 58 people at a country music concert in Las Vegas — took place in a state, Nevada, with a notorious lack of restrictions on gun ownership. The second-deadliest shooting — that claimed the lives of 49 at a nightclub in Orlando — happened in another state, Florida, known for its gun-related permissiveness.
When I began making regular trips to Florida plant personnel warned me about gun violence. Luis, my main contact and friend, said, "You got to careful when you're driving down here, my friend. It's like the wild wild West for real, heh. Everyone has a gun, and they're not afraid to use them. People get into road rage and will wave a gun at you, and shoot you over absolutely anything. It's happened to me. Some guy tried to cut me off. He drove up next to me, rolled down his window and screamed at me while waving his gun around." Luis was an engineering site lead at a major company in the pharmaceutical industry. He's not someone who incites violence in others, though I often think about his questionable taste in ties.

Maybe they were the trigger?

The Rich Elect; The Poor Vote.

The seeds of ignorance bear preventable tragedies.

Coffee Cup Blues:
Monday has never been my favorite day of the week, but getting murdered before I could finish my first cup of coffee was a new low, even for Monday.
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