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Study: Missouri murders spike after state repeals gun background check law

Posted by on Feb. 18, 2014 at 2:20 AM
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By David Edwards
Monday, February 17, 2014 10:26 EST

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A new study has found that around 60 more people have been murdered each year since the state of Missouri made it easier to buy a handguns without going through a background check.

In the study which will be published in an issue of the Journal of Urban Health, a team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Director Daniel Webster found that between 55 to 63 more people were murdered each year after Missouri repealed its permit-to-purchase (PTP) handgun law in 2007.

“This study provides compelling confirmation that weaknesses in firearm laws lead to deaths from gun violence,” Webster said in a press release. “There is strong evidence to support the idea that the repeal of Missouri’s handgun purchaser licensing law contributed to dozens of additional murders in Missouri each year since the law was changed.”

After the law was repealed, unlicensed sellers were no longer required to perform background checks before selling their guns.

While murders in Missouri spiked between 2007 and 2012, bordering states experienced no significant increases. And the overall murder rate in the U.S. declined by 5 percent during that same period.

“Coincident exactly with the policy change, there was an immediate upward trajectory to the homicide rates in Missouri,” Webster told BBC. “That upward trajectory did not happen with homicides that did not involve guns; it did not occur to any neighbouring state; the national trend was doing the opposite – it was trending downward; and it was not specific to one or two localities – it was, for the most part, state-wide.”

Researchers concluded that repealing the permit-to-purchase (PTP) law had given more murderers access to guns.

“Because many perpetrators of homicide have backgrounds that would prohibit them from possessing firearms under federal law, they seek out private dealers to acquire their weapons,” Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Deputy Director Jon Vernick explained. “Requiring a background check on all gun sales is a commonsense approach to reducing gun violence that does not infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

The study is being presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science this month.

http://www.rawstory.com/...

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Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Feb. 18, 2014 at 3:57 AM
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That is sad & unlikely to be coincidental.
Carpy
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2014 at 5:30 AM
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It's also bullshit.  BC checks are federal.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Feb. 18, 2014 at 5:47 AM
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what a super smart state.

Why the hell wouldnt you want background checks?  Does this mean any person can just walk in and get a gun?

Carpy
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2014 at 5:50 AM

No, it doesn't.  Federal laws still apply.  Very few states have in-state BC checks, and permits to purchase and have experienced the same nationwide drop. 

Quoting turtle68:

what a super smart state.

Why the hell wouldnt you want background checks?  Does this mean any person can just walk in and get a gun?


ashellbell
by shellbark on Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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I bought a gun from my friend heather. No background check, nothing but a bill of sale. Totally legal, she only had to ask me if I was a convict.

Quoting Carpy:

No, it doesn't.  Federal laws still apply.  Very few states have in-state BC checks, and permits to purchase and have experienced the same nationwide drop. 

Quoting turtle68:

what a super smart state.

Why the hell wouldnt you want background checks?  Does this mean any person can just walk in and get a gun?


Goodwoman614
by Satan on Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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Quoting ashellbell: I bought a gun from my friend heather. No background check, nothing but a bill of sale. Totally legal, she only had to ask me if I was a convict.

Quoting Carpy:

No, it doesn't.  Federal laws still apply.  Very few states have in-state BC checks, and permits to purchase and have experienced the same nationwide drop. 

Quoting turtle68:

what a super smart state.

Why the hell wouldnt you want background checks?  Does this mean any person can just walk in and get a gun?


Thanks for your input.

Most of us know $he has an agenda. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM
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 And not implemented uniformly from state to state, if they were you probably wouldn't be in business. This is about Money for you so honestly your opinion on whether or not background checks are good is not valid. Background checks would mean less sales for you I bet.

Quoting Carpy:

It's also bullshit.  BC checks are federal.

 

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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Quoting Goodwoman614:

By David Edwards

Monday, February 17, 2014 10:26 EST

A new study has found that around 60 more people have been murdered each year since the state of Missouri made it easier to buy a handguns without going through a background check.

In the study which will be published in an issue of the Journal of Urban Health, a team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Director Daniel Webster found that between 55 to 63 more people were murdered each year after Missouri repealed its permit-to-purchase (PTP) handgun law in 2007.

“This study provides compelling confirmation that weaknesses in firearm laws lead to deaths from gun violence,” Webster said in a press release. “There is strong evidence to support the idea that the repeal of Missouri’s handgun purchaser licensing law contributed to dozens of additional murders in Missouri each year since the law was changed.”

After the law was repealed, unlicensed sellers were no longer required to perform background checks before selling their guns.

While murders in Missouri spiked between 2007 and 2012, bordering states experienced no significant increases. And the overall murder rate in the U.S. declined by 5 percent during that same period.

“Coincident exactly with the policy change, there was an immediate upward trajectory to the homicide rates in Missouri,” Webster told BBC. “That upward trajectory did not happen with homicides that did not involve guns; it did not occur to any neighbouring state; the national trend was doing the opposite – it was trending downward; and it was not specific to one or two localities – it was, for the most part, state-wide.”

Researchers concluded that repealing the permit-to-purchase (PTP) law had given more murderers access to guns.

“Because many perpetrators of homicide have backgrounds that would prohibit them from possessing firearms under federal law, they seek out private dealers to acquire their weapons,” Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Deputy Director Jon Vernick explained. “Requiring a background check on all gun sales is a commonsense approach to reducing gun violence that does not infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

The study is being presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science this month.

http://www.rawstory.com/...

Yep, I'll take these sources as legit. Carpy? Hell no - $he ha$ an agenda.

ashellbell
by shellbark on Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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I think she might've just overlooked the part that said unlicensed sellers. All the gun shops here have to run background checks but any person can buy off another with no background check. It's always perplexed me.

Quoting Goodwoman614:


Quoting ashellbell: I bought a gun from my friend heather. No background check, nothing but a bill of sale. Totally legal, she only had to ask me if I was a convict.



Quoting Carpy:

No, it doesn't.  Federal laws still apply.  Very few states have in-state BC checks, and permits to purchase and have experienced the same nationwide drop. 

Quoting turtle68:

what a super smart state.

Why the hell wouldnt you want background checks?  Does this mean any person can just walk in and get a gun?


Thanks for your input.

Most of us know $he has an agenda. 

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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It won't matter to people until white children start to be murdered. As long as it's just black teens it's ok.

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