States With More Guns Have More Police Killings

Photo: AP Photo/Eric Gay.
At least one sniper, identified as Micah Johnson, fatally shot five officers and injured seven others during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on July 8. It has been declared the deadliest attack on law enforcement since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to The Washington Post.

While this is an isolated incident, which President Obama called a "vicious, calculated, and despicable attack on law enforcement," there is an alarming connection between the shooting of police officers and the ongoing political fight over gun control.

A study released by Harvard University found that police officers are more likely to be killed in states that have more guns, like Texas. The study looked at FBI data about police-officer deaths from 1996 to 2010 alongside a gun ownership survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers found that among the eight states with the least gun ownership, there's a 13.5% average rate of police fatalities over those 14 years. However, there's a 52% average rate of police fatalities in the 23 states with the highest gun ownership.

Here's what that means, according to The Washington Post: "Line-of-duty homicide rates among police officers were more than three times higher in states with high gun ownership compared with the low gun-ownership states. Between 1996 and 2010, in other words, there were 0.31 officer fatalities for every 10,000 employed officers in low gun-ownership states. But there were 0.95 fatalities per 10,000 officers in the high gun-ownership states." That's a clear, statistical correlation between civilian gun ownership and police-officer fatalities.

The study found that police officers "working in states with higher levels of gun ownership faced a greater likelihood of being shot and killed on the job compared with their peers in states with lower gun ownership."


More from US News

1. Here At Home: A teenager killed his father before opening fire at a school in South Carolina where he wounded two students and a teacher. ...
California passed a law Wednesday removing the state's 10-year statute of limitations for filing of child molestation and rape charges. Governor Jerry ...
Monday night was the personification of media bias and rigged politics
If the chaotic party politics of the 2016 election have left you feeling completely birdbrained, this video is for you. The Founding Fathers (presented ...
Election Day lasts just one day — a 24-hour culmination of the seemingly never-ending campaign season. But we’ll spend the next two, four, six years ...
If you had to describe the current political climate in America, what word would you choose: volatile, toxic, or divisive? Perhaps all of the above. ...
Hillary Clinton has been a role model for our generation for years, and now she’s laying out a master class in taking on workplace sexism
1. Major News: A bill to prevent the government from shutting down and to fund the fight against Zika was stalled in the Senate. With a 45-55 vote, the...
But take heart. There won’t be a President Trump. Not if I and millions of other women in this country have anything to say about it
A young girl delivered a powerful message of peace speaking at the first Charlotte City Council meeting since violence threatened to rip the city apart ...
Hillary Clinton long ago learned to let the insults roll off her back. And in doing so, she’s uncovered Trump's Achilles' heel
Donald Trump believes that climate change is a hoax. Sorry, Donald Trump does not believe that climate change is a hoax. Are you confused yet? I don't ...
Less than 12 hours after being criticized for calling out a former Miss Universe about her weight, Donald Trump is doubling down on his body-shaming ...
Watching the first presidential debate, I felt three things: terror, inspiration, and skepticism