May 26, 2022

New research just answered the question of whether gun legislation saves lives once and for all

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Now that the Parkland, Florida teenagers #NeverAgain campaign is encouraging Americans to discuss sensible gun laws, it is important to note research that corroborates their pleas. 

New research being presented this week at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies has found that states with stronger gun control laws actually do have a lower rate of gun-related deaths among children when compared to states without such laws, Gizmodo reports. 

Monika Goyal, author of the study and director of research at a unit of Children’s National Health Systems, had the following to say on her discovery:

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“Injuries due to firearms are the nation’s third-leading cause of pediatric death. Our findings underscore the need for further investigation of which types of state-level firearm legislation most strongly correlates with a reduction in pediatric injuries and deaths.”

The researchers examined data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about firearm deaths among people under 21 in 2015 and then matched the state’s mortality rare to a rating of their gun control laws (a scorecard established by the Brady Campaign against gun violence).

They found in the 12 states with universal background checks laws for all gun sales, including Washington, Colorado, and Connecticut, there were 3.8 deaths per 100,000 children. 

In the states without a requirement for background checks, the median mortality rate was 5.7 per 100,000 children. 

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That same relationship held true when it related to laws that require a background check to buy ammunition.

The median in states with background checks for ammo was 2.3 per 100,000 children vs 5.6 in states with no background checks.

Their research is particularly significant since the 1996 Dickey Amendment prohibits the use of federal funding to participate in research which “advocates or promotes gun control.” Information from which the public was once barred is now available to the chagrin of the NRA.

No one is calling for a prohibition to the sales of most guns (aside from war-like assault weapons) but there is a crying need for rules across the nation to ensure guns are not getting into the wrong hands or being acquired for the wrong purposes.

This study has effectively proven the Dickey Amendment to be nothing more than pro-gun propaganda, and that the NRA is wrong – more guns to not make the world a safer place.  

Benjamin Locke

Benjamin Locke is a retired college professor with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor and Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the European School of Management.

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