It seems obvious right? The higher the concentration of guns in a given population, the higher will be the rates of suicide using a gun, murders by gun and accidental gun deaths. The largest study of gun violence ever has found the obvious.
“…for each 1 percentage point increase in proportion of household gun ownership,” Siegel et al. found, “firearm homicide rate increased by 0.9″ percent. A one standard deviation change in firearm ownership shifted gun murders by a staggering 12.9 percent.” -Zach Beauchamp, Nation of Change
It would be interesting to know what the total rates of suicide, accidental death, and homicide rates are in the same populations. This would help address the claim implicit in “guns don’t kill people; ,,,” that, if guns were not available, other methods would be used, which is to say that the overall rates of these tragedies would not change with or without guns. Again, I think the answer should be obvious, and, it seems to me that the data should be available. 9/17/13, 07:59 CDT