New Gun Legislation and the Impact on Shootings
February 15, 2022
Gun violence is skyrocketing across the nation, with nearly every state seeing an increase in homicides. In Texas, shooting deaths have been on the rise since at least 2015, according to state crime data.
What You Need To Know
• Roughly 16 pro-gun laws were enacted on September 1
• Shooting deaths account for about 76% of all homicides in 2021
• A 2020 RAND Corporation study found certain gun laws increase gun violence
• Texas Southern University research shows open carry laws increase violent behavior
Dr. Howard Henderson says, “What we found through our initial analysis is that open carry laws seem to increase violent behavior in general."
“Time will tell us more definitively whether or not these open carry laws are further decimating rising violent crime rates as we see in most cities around the country.
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