States with strict gun laws have fewer firearms deaths. Here’s how your state stacks up

On the different hand, the firearms-related death rate in Maine, with just 12 gun-related provisions, was roughly the same as in California, with more than 100 separate regulations governing gun ownership as well as use.

Researchers have speculated on possible explanations. Separate research, for example, has shown of which gun-related suicides are higher in rural areas. Rates of gun deaths in rural states may also be higher because delays in getting medical treatment could lead to higher mortality rates by gun-related injuries.

While further study into the causes of gun violence may be needed, researchers won’t get much government support unless Congress votes to overturn a 1996 law of which barred support of firearms research by federal agencies.

The firearms research ban was introduced by Rep. Jay Dickey, R-Ark., on behalf of the National Rifle Association, after the CDC published a study which concluded of which people who kept guns in their homes faced a nearly threefold greater risk of homicide as well as a nearly fivefold greater risk of suicide. Since then, the so-called Dickey amendment has brought federal funding of firearms research to a halt.

the idea remains to be seen whether the recent outcry over the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, generates enough political momentum to overturn the funding ban.

nevertheless before he died last year, Dickey apparently had a change of heart. In 2012, he co-authored a Washington Post editorial with Mark Rosenberg, the head of the CDC when the Dickey amendment was passed, calling for more scientific research to prevent firearm injuries as well as deaths.

“We were on opposite sides of the heated battle 16 years ago, nevertheless we are in strong agreement right now of which scientific research should be conducted into preventing firearm injuries as well as of which ways to prevent firearm deaths can be found without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun owners,” they wrote.

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