Study Claims 3 Laws Could Reduce Gun Deaths by 90%
According to a Boston University study, mandating universal background checks on all gun and ammunition purchases as well as gun identification could result in the number of gun-related deaths falling by more than 90%. For years now, and more fervently in the last few years, people across the country have been pondering what it will take for firearm deaths to decrease rather than increase like they have done so dramatically since the turn of the 21st century.
According to head researcher Bindu Kalesan, “We wanted to see which restrictive gun laws really work, as opposed to saying ‘restrictive laws work,’ and figure out if we are pushing for a law which might not work.”
Now that this study has been published, it will be interesting to see the public’s reaction to it. As you are likely more than well-aware, gun advocates have claimed, time and time again, that universal background checks will do nothing to mitigate the number of gun deaths, but as time moves on it seems as though an increasing amount of evidence is mounting against that claim. With a presidential election set to take place before year’s end, it will be interesting to see how the candidates change their positions regarding gun laws. Right now, as you could have probably guessed, Democrats are mostly behind tighter gun laws, while Republicans are content to keep the laws as they are written.
For now, however, this will likely be one more report that is mostly ignored. At this juncture, the whole of the United States has made it loud and clear that they do not believe universal background checks are the answer. This only leaves so many other people wondering just how many people need to die before we wise up and become more responsible as a country with our gun ownership. Because after seeing how drastically gun deaths grow year on year, it is clear that something needs to be done…and fast.