Could it be true? Could it actually be that in states that have more gun-control laws, there are fewer gun deaths?
A major new study is reporting that. While it doesn’t directly contradict the controversial “more guns = less crime” mantra, it seems to put a big question mark or asterisk over it.
From the Associated Press:
In the dozen or so states with the most gun control-related laws, far fewer people were shot to death or killed themselves with guns than in the states with the fewest laws, the study found. Overall, states with the most laws had a 42 percent lower gun death rate than states with the least number of laws.
The results are based on an analysis of 2007-2010 gun-related homicides and suicides from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers also used data on gun control measures in all 50 states compiled by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a well-known gun control advocacy group. They compared states by dividing them into four equal-sized groups according to the number of gun laws.
What does it mean? Where do we go from here? Sometime in the next few weeks or so (if not tomorrow) some A-rated National Rifle Association lackey in Congress is going to slip an amendment on some bill that will outlaw future CDC analyses of anything related to guns.
Maybe they’ll even try to rename the agency by removing the word “Prevention.” Because the gun industry can’t abide studies like this. It directly contradicts their “official story” — that the only thing that can help prevent gun deaths is more guns.