Here are the facts: States with more guns have more gun deaths and states with tighter gun safety laws have fewer gun-related deaths.
Vox's German Lopez writes:
Using data from a study in Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mother Jones put together the chart above that shows states with more guns tend to have far more gun deaths. And it’s not just one study. “Within the United States, a wide array of empirical evidence indicates that more guns in a community leads to more homicide,” David Hemenway, the Harvard Injury Control Research Center’s director, wrote in Private Guns, Public Health.
Enacting gun safety laws at the state level works. In 2015, Slate wrote:
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence graded and ranked every state on the strength of its gun control laws. In the scatter plot below, each dot is a state. Each state is positioned according to how it was ranked for its gun control laws, from weakest to strongest, and its 2013 gun deaths rate rank, from lowest rate to highest.
Yet, the ghouls at the NRA continue their push to enable the next deadliest shooter to acquire their weapon of choice to murder numerous people at record speed. In pursuit of that ideal, the NRA dumped nearly $15 million
into the 2014 election cycle according to Open Secrets and nearly $20 million
in the 2016 election, almost entirely in support of Republican lawmakers. Their latest creation in Congress is a push toward eliminating restrictions on silencers
because gun owners don’t want to have to wear ear protectors. Can you imagine how many more casualties a silencer in Las Vegas would have resulted in? It would have taken authorities how many more precious minutes to identify where the shots were coming from and, as chaotic as it already was, concert attendees would have had no idea which way to run to get out of range of the bullets.
The NRA is public enemy No. 1 when it comes to America’s gun debate. They offer no evidence to support the policies they champion—they simply buy off politicians to advance their cause. And they have done so and will continue to do so no matter what the body count year after year after year.
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