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This paper aimed to determine if there is association between the strictness of gun control in a given state and the number of mass murder incidents per state in the United States. Controlling for population, gun control strictness was a weak, negative predictor of mass murder incidents and number of victims when a gun was used as a primary weapon. To understand the phenomenon of mass murder fully, mental health practitioners, law enforcement, and policymakers must make a joint effort so as to facilitate prevention.


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  • Alternative title
    • The Relationship between Gun Control Strictness and Mass Murder in the United States

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 94

  • Issue
    • 2

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

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    • Acknowledgements:

      J. Scott Lewis is an assistant professor of sociology at Penn State Harrisburg.