Minnesotans are 1.6 times more likely to die from a non-drug suicide than the national average.
“By taking basic steps to permit public health research, we can finally begin to understand the sources of the current epidemic of violence and how best to control it,” a BMJ commentary says.
Since the 1960s, social psychologists have documented a “weapons effect,” whereby the mere presence of a weapon increases aggression in people.
Of all the factors that influence child death rates in high-income countries, the one with the most persistent association is poverty, the authors point out.
The group Everytown for Gun Safety identified 100 unintentional child gun deaths in 35 states over a one-year period.