We need to strengthen existing laws to give law enforcement the tools they need to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and to ensure that fire arms do not endanger public safety.
Conversely, the study found that states with strong gun laws and low rates of gun ownership had significantly lower rates of firearm-related death.
A way to prevent deaths by guns is by taking precautions like doing background checks on people before selling guns.
92% of respondents including 91% of gun owners, favor mandatory criminal background checks for all gun purchases.
* Roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms.
Guns are deadly
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