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There’s scientific consensus on guns

by Bill Hayes

In There’s scientific consensus on guns — and the NRA won’t like it for the Los Angeles Times, Harvard professor of public health David Hemenway surveyed scientific researchers for their views on the safety of guns in homes.

I also found widespread confidence that a gun in the home increases the risk that a woman living in the home will be a victim of homicide (72% agree, 11% disagree) and that a gun in the home makes it a more dangerous place to be (64%) rather than a safer place (5%). There is consensus that guns are not used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime (73% vs. 8%) and that the change to more permissive gun carrying laws has not reduced crime rates (62% vs. 9%). Finally, there is consensus that strong gun laws reduce homicide (71% vs. 12%). [more]