More Cops Die in States With More Guns


Handguns are displayed at the Ultimate Defense Firing Range and Training Center in St Peters, Missouri, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of Ferguson, on November 26, 2014. Paul Bastean, owner of the range, told AFP that business had grown as a result of anxiety about reaction to the jury announcement in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Typical sales of five to seven guns a day have risen to 20 to 30 in the last week, while gun-handling courses for November and December are fast selling out. Violence erupted in the St Louis, Missouri suburb for a second night on November 25 over the decision by a grand jury not to prosecute a white police officer for shooting dead Brown, an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)Police officers are three times more likely to be killed on the job in states with high gun-ownership rates compared to those with low gun-ownership rates, according to a study published Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health.

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health looked at FBI data to examine officer homicides between 1996 and 2010 as well as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to get data on gun ownership.

The team found that of the 782 homicides of police officers over the 15-year span, 716 were committed using guns and 515 of those with handguns. Read more at NBC News.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. NBC caters to the liberal elite and falsifies information to steer public opinion to their side. Don’t be fooled by them or any major media outlet, including Fox.

    We have to be proactive in finding our own research that is fair and unbiased.

  2. Another liberal-fascist manipulated statistics. We are not told if the shootings were by legally owned guns or not. How about figuring out how many potential crime victims have been saved with their legally owned firearms.

  3. To anon 1,

    I read the paper. The researchers used publicly available government databases and surveys. The methodology was sound (and I am very well qualified to critique the methodology). The researchers controlled for many potential confounders, making their result likely to be conservative. The results were published in *American Journal of Public Health*, a respected journal. And NBC had nothing to do with the research. You might want to retract your position as it applies to this particular research.

  4. Minor point: The researchers were actually at Harvard and Johns Hopkins at the time the research was done, not the University of Chicago. (I read the paper).