The study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, covers 30 years from 1981 and all 50 US states. It determined that for every one percentage point in the prevalence of gun ownership in a given state, the firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9 percent.
In the absence of state-level data on household gun ownership, the study used a proxy variable — the percentage of a state’s suicides committed with a firearm — that has been validated in previous research.
The study, which appears in the American Journal of Public Health, covers 30 years…
by Personal Defense World / Sep 16, 2013