A new report found that gun purchases and accidental firearm deaths both spiked significantly after the Sandy Hook mass shooting.
The study is part of a larger body of recent research that is shedding light on gun violence, according to researchers.
Although it’s hard to study gun deaths, researchers have a good idea about which policies have an impact on violence rates.
On December 14, 2012, a 20-year-old man shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, and opened fire. He killed 20 children (six- and seven-year-olds) and six adults.
In the aftermath of the shooting, calls for legislation aimed at limiting access to firearms resulted in what’s now become a predictable post-mass-murder event: people bought lots of guns.
With more guns around in the following months, rates of accidental death related to firearms rose sharply, especially for children, according to a new study published in the journal Science.
Study authors Phillip Levine and Robin McKnight of Wellesley compared the number of accidental firearm deaths during the five months after Sandy Hook (from December 2012 to April 2013) with the amount during the same time period in other years between 2008 and 2015. They found that after Sandy Hook, accidental firearm death …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics