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Gun Laws and Gun Deaths

By , Published on January 17, 2017

Three days after my lyceum on gun control, the Globe reported [based on a federal study of 2015 statistics] that “Mass. has the lowest rate of gun deaths in the country.”  Based on the number of homicides, suicides and accidental gun deaths per 100,000, we come in at 3.13 per 100,000.  Next lowest are Hawaii (3.84), New York (4.29), Rhode Island (4.83), and Connecticut (5.26).   I don’t know details about Hawaii but the other four are all in the Northeast and have strong gun regulation laws.

The worst in the country is Alaska with 23.97 gun deaths per 100,000, followed by Louisiana (20.38), Montana (19.95), Alabama (19.72), and Mississippi (19.68).  Three are in the South and all have weak gun control laws.

Conclusions:  First, as Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey put it, “This study reinforces the fact that strong gun laws save lives.”   Second we need national laws.  Many of the guns used here were brought from the South via Interstate 95, a superhighway for gun traffickers.

(Listen to Ed’s Lyceum)

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