Key Gun-Research Facts: Indices of Violence Better, Handguns The Problem

Print lists what it says are the 10 key findings of the recent report on gun-violence research by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, conclusions that don’t entirely please the Obama administration or the National Rifle Association. Among them: The U.S. has an indisputable gun violence problem; most indices of crime and gun violence are getting better, not worse; only 100 million of the 300 million firearms in the U.S. are handguns, but handguns are the big crime problem.

Also: Mass shootings like Newtown aren't the problem; gun suicide is a bigger killer than gun homicide; guns are used for self-defense often and effectively; carrying guns for self-defense is an arms race; denying guns to people under restraining orders saves lives, and it is not true that most gun acquisitions by criminals can be blamed on a few bad dealers. Instead, volume, not laxity, drives the number of ill-fated sales.

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