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BU Research Shows Link between Rates of Gun Ownership and Homicides

A new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researcher shows that U.S. states with higher estimated rates of gun ownership experience a higher number of firearms-related homicides. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Heath, examines the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) claim that increased gun ownership does not lead to increased gun violence. It is the largest study conducted to date into the correlation between gun ownership and firearms violence, and the first to comprehensively examine the issue since the tragic shooting last December of 20 children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.