More Cops Die in States With More Guns

Police officers are three times more likely to be killed on the job in states with high gun-ownership rates compared to those with low gun-ownership rates, according to a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health looked at FBI data to examine officer homicides between 1996 and 2010 as well as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to get data on gun ownership. The team found that of the 782 homicides of police officers over the 15-year span, 716 were committed using guns and 515 of those with handguns.