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Harvard School of Public Health mentions about several studies conducted by distinguished academics about the guns and homicide rates both within and outside the United States. Some of the articles, their summaries and the journals they were published in are:

1. Where there are more guns there is more homicide (literature review).
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.

Hepburn, Lisa; Hemenway, David. Firearm availability and homicide: A review of the literature. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal. 2004; 9:417-40.

2. Across high-income nations, more guns = more homicide.
We analyzed the relationship between homicide and gun availability using data from 26 developed countries from the early 1990s. We found that across developed countries, where guns are more available, there are more homicides. These results often hold even when the United States is excluded.

Hemenway, David; Miller, Matthew. Firearm availability and homicide rates across 26 high income countries. Journal of Trauma. 2000; 49:985-88.

3. Across states, more guns = more homicide
Using a validated proxy for firearm ownership, we analyzed the relationship between firearm availability and homicide across 50 states over a ten year period (1988-1997). After controlling for poverty and urbanization, for every age group, people in states with many guns have elevated rates of homicide, particularly firearm homicide.

Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah; Hemenway, David. Household firearm ownership levels and homicide rates across U.S. regions and states, 1988-1997. American Journal of Public Health. 2002: 92:1988-1993.

4. Across states, more guns = more homicide (2)
Using survey data on rates of household gun ownership, we examined the association between gun availability and homicide across states, 2001-2003. We found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide. This relationship held for both genders and all age groups, after accounting for rates of aggravated assault, robbery, unemployment, urbanization, alcohol consumption, and resource deprivation (e.g., poverty). There was no association between gun prevalence and non-firearm homicide.

Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah; Hemenway, David. State-level homicide victimization rates in the U.S. in relation to survey measures of household firearm ownership, 2001-2003. Social Science and Medicine. 2007; 64:656-64.
by hermes 2 years ago
A law that attempts to interpret the constitutional right for every American protected by the second amendment to the US constitution. The majority of the republicans in the US congress consider that this particular amendment gives the rights of possessing guns more importance than those of living in a safe society without the possibilities of being gunned down in the street or in the classrooms. "Guns don't kill people; people kill people" is the mantra often cited. Yet with all the gun-related tragedies, such as the Columbine shooting, the Virginia Tech shooting and the Newtown shooting, a stricter gun control laws to limit the "people who kill people" from attaining guns are nowhere in sight in the congress. Apparently, NRA (National Rifle Association), not the American people, has the ears of the representatives of the American people. Welcome to the American democracy where money talks - loud and clear.
by coeurdelion 2 years ago
Simplistic thinking: Having a gun saves us.
Game theory: Gun control will inevitably reduce violence by reducing the number of guns in circulation.
by dem 2 years ago
The limitations imposed on the sale, use and distribution of arms. One of the hotly debated topics in the united states, especially after every school shooting.
by hermes 2 years ago
Gun is useful and holy in the hands of a righteous man.

To safeguard the helpless and your beloved ones.

It is a fool man's way to think that crimes can be avertted by reducing guns around.
You don't commit mass killings with a shotgun or a handgun.If you want to make the world a better place,ban Lockheed Martin,Blackwater,General Atomics...
Also,gun is something that completes a man.Nature,love and gun. You shall not take these*away*from a man.
by dindu nuffin 2 years ago
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