It’s Time to Act to Prevent Gun Deaths



If any state needs common-sense gun laws, it is Mississippi. With lawmakers and Americans questioning what to do after the Las Vegas shooting, Mississippians should examine the widespread gun violence here in the state. Mississippi has second highest rate of firearm mortality in the country, second only to Louisiana and tying with Alabama and Wyoming in rankings from 2015 Centers for Disease Control data. A 2013 Center for American Progress study ranked Mississippi as one of the top 10 states with the weakest gun laws in the country. The study found a correlation between weaker gun laws and more firearm deaths, as CDC data already show, as well as more firearm suicides and firearm homicides among women and children. "While this analysis demonstrates...

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