Study: States Strict on Guns, Fewer Gun-Related Deaths

    HARTFORD, CT - FEBRUARY 14:  A woman holds up a sign during a rally at the Connecticut State Capital to promote gun control legislation in the wake of the December 14, 2012, school shooting in Newtown on February 14, 2013 in Hartford, Connecticut. Referred to as the "March for Change" and held on the two-month anniversary of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, participants called for improved gun safety laws. Among the safety measures being demanded are for universal background checks, more work within the mental health community and restricting high-capacity magazines.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Rally for gun control legislation in Hartcord, Conn. on Feb. 14. (Spencer Platt/Getty)

    It’s hard to argue with facts, but National Rifle Association crusader Wayne LaPierre will no doubt find a way. A new study released by Boston Children’s Hospital on Wednesday found that states with stricter gun legislation present fewer gun-related deaths. The research shows the mortality rate in states with the most gun laws to be 42 percent lower than states with the the fewest gun laws. Eric Fleegler, the study’s lead investigator, hopes the new information will encourage lawmakers to pass gun reform. “Our research gives clear evidence that laws have a role in preventing firearms deaths,” he said. Critics of the research argue that a few key factors—such as gun-ownership rates—were not taken into consideration when conducting this study.

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