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Study: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Gun Laws Cause More Killings

| by Michael Allen

A working paper released this week with the National Bureau of Economics Research found that states, which passed controversial 'Stand Your Ground' gun laws, saw their homicide rates go up after the laws were passed.

Doctoral student Chandler B. McClellan and Professor Erdal Tekin at Georgia State University decided to test the pro-gun lobby claim that such laws were “making America safer.”

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Using homicide data from 2006 to 2008, the researchers found that these gun laws, which provide protection for deadly use of force in self-defense in a public place, resulted in a “significant increase in the number of homicides among whites, especially white males.”

The researchers also wrote: “According to our estimates, between 4.4 and 7.4 additional white males are killed each month as a result of these laws. We find no evidence to suggest that these laws increase homicides among blacks. Our findings raise serious doubts against the argument that Stand Your Ground laws make America safer."