Firearms-Friendly: Lax State Gun Laws and Firearms Fatalities: Inventing an Index of State Firearms Permissiveness

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Firearms-Friendly: Lax State Gun Laws and Firearms Fatalities: Inventing an Index of State Firearms Permissiveness

Category: Firearm Policies, Homicide|Journal: International Journal of Latest Research in Humanities and Social Science (full text)|Author: T Brezenski|Year: 2018

It is no secret that the United State has had an epidemic of gun violence long before the horrific episodes of Columbine, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Parkland and Jacksonville. Only recently have state policy makers begun to take notice of the rising tide of anti-firearm violence sentiment and put forth a number of policy measures to ameliorate the level of violence amidst bitter opposition from the gun lobby led by the National Rifle Association (NRA). Gun control opponents are quick to argue that it is not policy that matters but social problems such as lack of care for the mentally ill. The feeling here is that policy does matter and that the more permissive a state is with its firearms policies the higher the firearms fatality rate per capita will be. Using data from 2014, a year in which data for all variables was available akin to the work published on an investigation of the Parkland shootings (Brezenski, 2018) an index (Firearm Permissiveness Index or FPI) was constructed and tested using state positions on key firearms policy measures.

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