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Studies: more guns, more homicide

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 14, 2012

The Harvard Injury Control Research Center has reviewed the literature and the results are clear: more guns = more homicide.

Our review of the academic literature found that a broad array of evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for homicide, both in the United States and across high-income countries. Case-control studies, ecological time-series and cross-sectional studies indicate that in homes, cities, states and regions in the US, where there are more guns, both men and women are at higher risk for homicide, particularly firearm homicide.

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