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New Report Studies U.S / Mexican Cross-Border Gun Traffic
A new study from the The University of San Diego finds that “a significant proportion of U.S. firearm dealers are dependent on Mexican demand, a sizeable and growing percentage of US firearms sales are destined for Mexico,” and ”the volume of firearms crossing the U.S.-Mexican border is higher than previously assumed.”
New Study Correlates the Number of Gun Laws with the Rate of Firearm Fatalities
A new study by the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine finds that ”a higher number of firearm laws in a state are associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities in the state, overall and for suicides and homicides individually.” The authors don’t claim to determine causal relationships.
Poll: Gun Violence and Health
This February 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation poll looks at health policy implications of the current debate over gun violence, gun control and the needs of those living with serious mental illness. Among the headlines: one in five Americans have some connection to a victim of gun violence (a number rising to 42 percent among African-Americans). More Americans (four in ten) are worried about becoming a victim of gun violence.
Curbing Gun Violence — Lessons from Public Health Successes
The authors of this February 2013 report from the Journal of the American Medical Association contend that, “Gun violence arises from sociocultural, educational, behavioral, and product safety issues that transcend gun ownership alone. Addressing this crisis will require a comprehensive, multidimensional strategy. Toward that end, much can be learned from prior public health successes in changing the prevalence, social norms, and cultures of harmful behaviors. These major achievements—in the realms of tobacco, unintentional poisoning, and motor vehicle safety—provide a set of evidence-based, successful tactics for immediate application to gun violence.”
United States — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law
A very useful resource is this collection of easy to read, easy to navigate collection of data on guns in the United States, on the web site of gunpolicy.org, hosted by the University of Sydney in Australia. The site will create charts on demand, comparing data-sets across countries and regions. The site also includes a stream of gun-related news items from around the world.
Gun Laws and Criminal Access to Guns
A 2012 study from the Journal Injury Prevention that examines where and how state prison inmates acquired weapons used in their crimes, finds that stricter gun laws (such as universal background checks) “would make it more difficult for these offenders to obtain guns.”
Global Study on Homicide (2011) by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
A collection of medical journal articles with peer-reviewed research can be viewed here. We are gradually going through these articles to gain a better sense of what we can learn from them.
CDC Reports on Causes of Death
This 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control includes useful charts comparing numbers and rates of deaths by firearms with other major causes of death, including breakdowns by state and age. This 2010 report, also from the CDC follows up on and expands upon the 2009 report, allowing download of large sortable data-sets.
US Gun Laws by State
This useful chart showing US gun laws by state is from the UK newspaper The Guardian.
FBI Criminal Background Check Data
The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System web page includes links to a wealth of information and data. For example, you might find it surprising that the 10 days of the year in which the FBI receives the most criminal background checks fall around Christmas, Thanksgiving, and – not a joke – Valentine’s Day.
Guns in the Home and Risk of a Violent Death in the Home: Findings from a National Study
This 2004 study from the American Journal of Epidemiology (full text available here) found that “persons with guns in the home were at greater risk than those without guns in the home of dying from a homicide in the home … regardless of storage practice, type of gun, or number of firearms.”