March 7th, 2013 09:52 EST
Study Finds that States with More Gun Laws Have Less Gun-Related Deaths
A study conducted by Boston Children`s Hospital has revealed that states with high gun control laws also have less suicide and homicide rates.
States with the most gun control laws had a firearm-related suicide rate 37% less than states with the fewest laws.
States with the highest gun control laws had firearm-related homicide rates 40% lower than states with the fewest gun control laws.
As for mortality rates, states with the highest gun control laws had a mortality rate 42% less than the states with the fewest gun control laws.
"Our research gives clear evidence that laws have a role in preventing firearms deaths," said Eric Fleegler, the lead investigator of the study. "Legislators should take that into consideration."
But as with all research findings, correlation does not equal cause. The study does not state that the gun laws are what is responsible for the decrease in gun-related deaths.
Because of this, more research and information is needed in order to get a better understanding of the matter.
"Policy makers can really draw no conclusion from this study," said Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis.
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