Gun Ownership Rates Tied to Domestic Homicides

Gun Ownership Rates Tied to Domestic Homicides

July 22, 2019

Sarah Mervosh, NY Times

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examined firearm ownership on a state-by-state level from 1990 to 2016. It found that states with the highest rate of firearm ownership had a 65 percent higher rate of domestic gun homicide compared to states with a lower rate of ownership. That means that women, who make up most victims of domestic homicide, are among those most at risk, said Aaron Kivisto, an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Indianapolis and the lead author on the study. He said “It is women, in particular, who are bearing the burden of this increased gun ownership.” The presence of a gun in domestic violence situations can increase the risk of homicide for women by as much as 500 percent, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Another study found that intimate partner homicides are on the rise, fueled primarily by gun violence. In 2017, 926 of 1,527 women murdered by partners were killed with guns, the study found. Over all, gun-related domestic killings increased by 26 percent from 2010 to 2017.

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