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Tighter gun laws may lead to fewer suicides

Lang, Matthew (2014) Tighter gun laws may lead to fewer suicides. LSE American Politics and Policy (21 Jan 2014). Website.

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Monthly firearm background checks have been recorded in every US state since 1998, making it possible to explore whether changes in the availability of firearms in a state are related to its suicide rate. This relationship has been difficult to research in the past, as the fraction of suicides using firearms are a commonly used measure of firearms. Matthew Lang finds that increases in state background checks are associated with slight increases in the total suicide rate, suggesting that the increased availability of particular suicide method can lead to more suicides.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2014 10:53
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 23:25

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