The Relationship Between Firearm Prevalence and Violent Crime

by Rouslan Karimov

Jan 1, 2018

In the past 12 years, several new studies found that increases in the prevalence of gun ownership are associated with increases in violent crime. Whether this association is attributable to gun prevalence causing more violent crime is unclear. If people are more likely to acquire guns when crime rates are rising or high, then the same pattern of evidence would be expected. An important limitation of all studies in this area is the lack of direct measures of the prevalence of gun ownership.


The Relationship Between Firearm Prevalence and Violent Crime
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