Weak gun laws driving increases in U.S. violent crime: think tank


By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- While many have blamed the criminal justice reform movement for the rise in violent crime in the United States, these increases can largely be attributed to an alarming escalation in gun violence, reported the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Thursday.

"If elected officials are serious about stopping violent crime, they need to prioritize and support stronger gun laws at both the state and federal levels," said the think tank.

States that received an "F" grade based on the strength of their gun laws, according to the latest scorecard from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, saw the highest homicide rates, noted the report.

The states with the highest firearm mortality rates are Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Wyoming. These states all received an "F" grade for their weak gun laws, it said.

Children and teenagers are most vulnerable in states with weaker gun laws, and reports also suggest that rates of nonfatal gunshot injuries sustained during assaults are higher in states with weaker gun laws, it added.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In World

Putin’s threat to use nukes is a sure sign his war is failing
African Global Citizen patrons urge world to consider continent's giving power
North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of U.S. VP Harris visit
Right-wing alliance seen as likely winner as Italians vote
U.S. CIA's in-house museum adds new spy exhibits
Confucius Day marked in Budapest with cultural programs
Saudi crown prince meets with Turkish officials - SPA
Somaliland postpones presidential election to next year
Russia's Lavrov accuses Washington of playing with fire around Taiwan
Russia parliament may study annexation of occupied Ukraine on Thursday - TASS

Others Also Read