4/11/2013 - Study shows that more gun laws leads to fewer fatalities
A new poll indicates that many parts of the country with the most gun legislation on the books also tend to have the lowest rate of deaths caused by firearm - a finding that may come as no surprise to supporters of stricter gun control laws.
The study, which was conducted by researchers from Boston Children's Hospital, found that there was a 42% lower mortality rate in the states that have a high number of regulations and statutes pertaining to gun use and ownership, based on fatality statistics between 2007 and 2010.
Eric Fleeger, lead investigator of the study who also serves as a physician from BCH, indicated that not only were homicide rates lower, but self-inflicted gunshot wounds associated with suicide attempts were reduced as well. For example, the researchers found that compared to the states with the fewest laws, those with the most had more than six fewer gun-related deaths from suicide per 100,000 and 0.40 per 100,000 fewer for fatalities resulting from homicide.
"Though the numbers may appear small, with 300 million people living in our country that adds up to thousands of people each year who may not have died if they lived in states with the most gun laws," said Fleeger.
Majority of voters favor background checks
Throughout much of the country, there appears to be a groundswell of support favoring tougher restrictions related to gun ownership. In a separate poll conducted on behalf of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, from a sample of voters in 41 congressional districts, 89% of respondents said that they supported background checks.
"Now it's time for Congress to stand with their constituents to pass a law requiring background checks for all gun sales," said Michael Bloomberg, New York City mayor.
Several states are taking matters into their own hands regarding gun control. Lawmakers in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and California have introduced legislation that would require gun owners to purchase general liability insurance. According to the Washington Times, six states have introduced legislation tied to liability insurance and gun ownership - including Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York. As of mid-February, none of the states had passed these laws.