Study of Gun Deaths and Possible Influences That May Affect It:
\This study I believe was in the ATLANTIC, although I'm not sure it originated there - and it's purpose was to take what were thought to be the main influences, everything from "a sense of well being" to "trigger locks", that could be associated with gun deaths, and to see if their was factual information on that - also including Gun Control with positive, negative, or neutral association between Gun Deaths and that, and also with a few other influences usually disagreed upon. In other words, for a number of influences, is there a factual indicator that points to objective facts towards one having significant association or not - beyond just opinion. Some of the study was done geographically (states), I guess because there would be more data available that way per area:
(*NOTE 1: The study was done in 2011 after the Tuscon shootings, I imagine after the Colorado shooting and so much talk of causes for both, the study was published again.
*NOTE 2: Keep in mind that when an Association or Correlation is found it doesn't mean 100% association, just that it is a significantly higher than a lower association. I don't believe any influence was 100% Associated with Gun Deaths.)
*NOTE 3: A significant Positive or Negative Correlation, either means there seems to be a strong influence on Gun Deaths.
-A made-up example of each: Positive Correlation: "A high level of wealth is associated with a high level of Gun Death."
........................................ Negative Correlation:"A high level of education is associated with a low level of Gun Death")
The Geography of Gun Deaths
By Richard Florida
Jan 13 2011, 10:38 AM ET
Terrible tragedies like last week's mass shootings in Tucson cause us to search for deeper answers. Many were quick to blame America's divisive and vitriolic political culture for the violence; others portray the shooter as an unhinged, clinically deranged person with his own unfathomable agenda. Arizona has been ground zero for the battle over immigration. Were the state's political and economic travails a contributing factor? There has been some talk about guns, too. Might tighter gun control laws have made a difference?
The map above charts firearm deaths for the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Note that these figures include accidental shootings, suicides, even acts of self-defense, as well as crimes. As of 2007, 10.2 out of every 100,000 people were killed by firearms across the United States, but that rate varies dramatically from state to state. In Hawaii, at the low end, it was 2.6 per 100,000; in New York and New Jersey it was 5.0 and 5.2 respectively. At the high end, 21.7 out of every 100,000 residents of the District of Columbia were killed by guns, 20.2 in Louisiana, 18.5 in Mississippi, and 17.8 in Alaska. Arizona ranked eighth nationally, with 15.1 deaths per 100,000....
The Geography of Gun Deaths - Richard Florida - The Atlantic