What mother who watched her 12-year-old kill himself wants you to know | KSDK.com

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Almost 15 years have passed since Patti Colbath walked into her backyard and saw her 12-year-old son Max put a handgun to his forehead and pull the trigger.It hasn’t gotten any easier, she said, no matter what people say about time healing all wounds. It’s just not true.“I’m not doing well, and I’m going to tell you very honestly, I …

American Public Health Association – Association Between Connecticut’s Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Law and Homicides

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This is a test of the idea that all handguns have to have a permit, including ones bought at gun shows and from current gun owners. In Connecticut, it lowered homicide  40%.   Objectives. We sought to estimate the effect of Connecticut’s implementation of a handgun permit-to-purchase law in October 1995 on subsequent homicides.Methods. Using the synthetic control method, we …

Bipartisan Support for Expanded Background Checks on Gun Sales | Pew Research Center

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The majority of people are still for background checks at gun shows and for private sales (there are none now in many places).  I am not convinced that preventing “mentally ill” people from buying guns would make much difference, overall. It is not possible to predict who will kill themselves or become violent. On the other hand,  I am not thrilled …

If You Look at This Chart of Top 10 Nations in the World for Mass Shootings – One Thing Jumps Out

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This chart was being sent around in the last few weeks. It is claiming that if you look at mass shootings per population the US is on the low side. It is cheating. If you add up the populations of all the countries on the list it is 425,227,000 people.  The US has 318,000,000 people.  In the 425+ million people in …