Is Gun Violence Stunting Business Growth?

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Rising rates of gun homicides may be associated with decreases in economic activity, including reduced employment and lower business creation, a preliminary study by the Urban Institute says.

Researchers examined the association between gun violence and the economic health of neighborhoods in Minneapolis; Oakland, Ca; and Washington DC by tracking a variety of economic data with gun homicide rates between 2010 and 2012, and found what they termed a “significant relationship” between such violence and “the ability of businesses to . . .

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