Guns Shows Vs. Violence

Posted: October 18, 2012 in crime
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Gun Shows Don’t Increase Crime, Study Finds – Ideas Market – WSJ: “Despite the political furor surrounding them, gun shows have little to no effect on murders or suicides in the places where they occur, a new study finds—at least in the weeks immediate following the shows. And the finding holds whether or not the gun shows conduct background checks.

Researchers looked at data involving 3,400 gun shows in in California and Texas, from 1994 to 2004. Those states were chosen not only for their size—they account for nearly 20% of all gun deaths in the United States—but also because they take opposite approaches to regulating gun shows: California demands background checks and a 10-day waiting period while Texas is essentially regulation-free

Researchers compared rates of gun-related and non-gun-related murders and suicides in the four weeks preceding a gun show to the rates in the four subsequent weeks. Read More…

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