Strong firearm laws also have a surprising impact on gun-related deaths in counties in neighboring states, the study reports.
The decline in homicide clearance rate in the Mill City mirrors a national trend.
Another 5,790 are treated each year for gunshot-related injuries, wounds that leave many of the children disabled for life.
It’s estimated that between 1988 and 2005, the proportion of Australian households with guns plummeted by 75 percent.
Yet, few physicians broach the subject, either because they don’t know how to go about it or because they wrongly believe that it is illegal.