How to Reduce Gun-Related Deaths in the US by More Than 80 Percent

Researchers found that gun deaths could be reduced by more than 80 percent if just three gun laws that are already in place in various states were nationally expanded.Researchers of a new study found that gun deaths could be reduced by more than 80 percent if just three gun laws that are already in place in various states were nationally expanded. (Photo: Gun sale via Shutterstock)

In a Pittsburgh suburb called Wilkinsburg, two gunmen ambushed a backyard party last week, killing five people and injuring three more in the attack. The shooters are still on the loose, and the attack marked the 62nd mass shooting in 2016, according to MassShootingTracker.org.

In just one week following that attack, six more people were killed and 35 more people were injured over the course of nine more mass shootings across the US.

In the early Democratic debates, the issue of gun control was front and center after the San Bernardino attack in December 2015, and the massacre at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston in June 2015.

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On the other side of the aisle though, the Republicans refused to admit that any gun control laws would have changed anything. They generally refuse to talk about gun control, and they continue to argue that the best way to reduce gun deaths in the US is to have everyone own more guns.

And aside from pointing out the general absurdity of trying to reduce gun deaths by arming more people, it’s been very difficult to prove that gun control is effective. Perhaps more importantly, it’s also been very difficult to figure out which gun control laws are actually effective in curbing gun deaths. That’s in large part because of the Dickey Amendment that the Republican Congress passed in 1996 on the behalf of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The Dickey Amendment said plainly that, “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

After last year’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, former Congressman Jay Dickey told the The Huffington Post: “I wish we…

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