The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a study of the most recently available data from 2015-2016, found that 43 percent of the largest 50 metropolitan areas reported increases in the rate of gun-related deaths compared to 2012-2013. Firearm suicide rates are also going up.
That is what gun-control advocates maintain. Since the Ohio legislature wiped away dozens of urban gun control laws in 2006, gun homicides are up 60 percent in Ohio’s six big urban counties and 39 percent in the rest of the state.
The National Rifle Association has put $11 million into midterm races this year — less than half what it spent four years ago in an election that gave Republicans full control of Congress. Everytown for Gun Safety, founded by ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is spending more than $30 million.
The ATF says the accused Pittsburgh synagogue gunman legally acquired and possessed his 11 guns. A local law that would have outlawed his AR-15 rifle was repealed years ago, and a red-flag law debated in the state legislature this year went nowhere.
Despite the public pressure for more gun-control laws, only one state’s voters will consider a ballot measure on guns this November. Washington state’s initiative would change a number of policies on background checks, safe storage and other measures.