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Study Reveals Link Between Gun Violence And Lack Of Trust In Government

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Study Reveals Link Between Gun Violence And Lack Of Trust In Government

2019-12-18 00:06:45

It's estimated that 36,000 Americans are killed each year as a result of gun violence. Gun fatalities -- including murders and suicides -- are among the leading causes of death in the country. Shooting incidents in America are often described as random acts of violence. But according to UPI, a study published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine suggests otherwise. Gun homicide rates are higher in poverty-stricken areas in which the chances of working one's way up the ladder are low. Counties where residents trusted the government, media and corporations were linked with a 19% reduction in the gun homicide rate. They were also linked to a 17% decline in the total number of gun homicide incidents at the neighborhood level. Areas with higher percentages of solo males and residents in poverty were associated with 27% and 12% higher gun homicide rates, respectively. The analysis demonstrates that there is a "rich-poor gap" in gun homicide rates, and that trust in institutions may be linked to gun deaths.

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