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Gun Ownership & Homicide Rates

Do states with low gun ownership rates generally have lower or higher murder rates than states with high gun ownership rates?

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Data from all 50 states show no clear association between gun ownership and murder rates. Frequent claims to the contrary are based on studies that only measure firearm murders instead of all murders. Thus, they account for homicides committed with guns but fail to account for lives saved with guns. Documentation of these facts and a chart of the data is provided at the first link below, along with other facts that debunk common talking points from both sides of the gun control debate. The second link below provides a video of these facts.

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