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Study: States with more guns report more gun-related deaths

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BOSTON – A new study out recently shows states where more people own guns also have a higher rate of gun-related murders.

The American Journal of Public Health published Boston University’s study on gun ownership and gun-related deaths.

BU professor Michael Siegal and co-authors Craig S. Ross and Charles King, III, studied the gun ownership and gun-related deaths in all 50 states from 1981 to 2010.

They said they found that when gun ownership increased, the gun-related death rate increased at the same rate.

However, the scientists admit they cannot prove a casual relationship between gun ownership and homicide.

But simply put, the study finds states where more people own guns had higher numbers of people being killed by guns.

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