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People Kill People. But the Bullets Seem to Matter

by Bill Hayes

Margot Sanger-Katz and Quoctrung Bui, writing in The Upshot section of the New York Times, report that People Kill People. But the Bullets Seem to Matter.

In Boston from 2010 to 2015, there were 221 gun homicides.

Research suggests that one change could have lowered that number by 40 percent: smaller bullets.

A study last year, published in JAMA Network Open, examined the type of weapon used in every fatal and nonfatal shooting in the city. It found that — regardless of the time of day, the number of wounds or the circumstances of the crime — the size of the bullet affected which gunshot victims lived and which ones died. [more]