A new study purports to link the 2007 repeal of a Missouri gun law with a sharp increase in gun violence.
BBC News: “Reporting soon in the Journal of Urban Health, the researchers will say that the repeal resulted in an immediate spike in gun violence and murders.”
Prof Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research: “Coincident exactly with the policy change, there was an immediate upward trajectory to the homicide rates in Missouri.”
Webster: “That upward trajectory did not happen with homicides that did not involve guns; it did not occur to any neighboring state; the national trend was doing the opposite … it was, for the most part, state-wide.”
“The team counted a doubling of handguns shortly after sale being recovered from scenes of crimes or from criminals.
Webster: “This study is compelling confirmation that weaknesses in firearm laws lead to deaths from gun violence.”