Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Free Thinker, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. As we found two years ago in the first edition of this publication, states need to adopt strong gun laws because gun laws really do matter. Many of the states with the strongest gun laws also have the lowest gun death rates nationwide. Conversely, many states with the weakest gun laws have the highest gun death rates. While more research is needed to determine the precise relationship between state gun laws and gun death rates, the data supports the common sense conclusion that gun laws are a significant factor in a state’s rate of gun deaths.
    Gun laws also matter beyond a state’s borders. Illegal gun traffickers often buy weapons in states with weak laws that end up recovered in crimes in other states. A report published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) found that states with a number of important gun laws had significantly lower rates of “crime gun exports” — where a firearm sold by a dealer in one state is later found at a crime scene in a different state — than states without these laws.4

    MAIG identified a number of gun laws as key in the fight against illegal gun trafficking, including measures that:
    •Require every person to acquire a permit to purchase a handgun;
    •Require firearm owners to report lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement; and
    •Require or allow law enforcement to inspect firearms dealers.

    Moving Forward

    The threat of gun violence does not have to be an inevitable fact of life in America. Because strong gun laws are clearly associated with lower rates of gun violence, legislators in every state should consider adopting a variety of smart policies that are widely supported by the American public. In every state, there is still much that can be done to prevent gun deaths, and many measures can have a positive impact well beyond a state’s borders. It’s not too late to prevent future tragedies.
  2. many states with the weakest gun laws have the highest gun death rates.


    I'd rather see the stats on gun violence and race.

    This might just be a black thing and not a gun law problem.
  3. new mexico,arizona, nevada,wyoming, montana,alaska are high death states. how many blacks are you think live in those states? think much?
  4. Lucrum


    We already have 22,000 federal state and local gun laws in the US alone. Ink on paper has never stopped anyone that really wanted to from breaking a law.
  5. Okay, are these high death rates attributed to illegal guns?

    If some cowboy trips over his shotgun and dies as a result, I don't think more gun laws will help.

    We need to sort out illegal guns and race.
  6. Yes, right now thinking about breakfast, later I'll be thinking about pussy.

  7. Tune in later when free thinker, talks about guns god and the bible. Yikes.....he spend more time on these three subjects than the Pope.
  8. lol. if a state has no gun laws how can guns be illegal. you better go have some coffee.
  9. Why don't we just outlaw guns for democrats and liberals ?
  10. Name a state that has no gun laws.

    Name a state exempt from federal law.

    you better quit huffing gas so early in the morning.
    #10     Nov 28, 2012