According to gun enthusiasts and staunch defenders of the 2nd Amendment, the way to cut down gun crime is to have more guns. Except of course, it isn’t. According to a study in the American Journal of Medicine, places with higher gun ownership rates also have higher firearms-related deaths. From Live Science:
In the study, published today (Sept. 20) in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed gun ownership rates, crime rates and deaths from firearms across 27 developed countries around the world.
“The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rates and also has the highest rate of firearm-related deaths,” said study co-author Dr. Sripal Bangalore, a cardiologist at the New York University School of Medicine.
Just as conservatives believe that cutting taxes and deregulating the economy will fix the problem created by cutting taxes and deregulating the economy, don’t expect the new study to sway opinion too much. Sure, it’s hard data, but then what to facts matter when you can make up your own?
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