Study: Counties with Highest Murder Rates Among Lowest in Gun Ownership


A study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) shows that U.S. counties with the highest murder rates are among those with the lowest rates of gun ownership.

In other words, fewer firearms correlate with more murder.

On May 2, 2017, Breitbart News reported that the study shows that 2% of U.S. counties account for 51% of U.S. murders. Moreover, the CPRC study found that “the worst 5% of counties,” which only “contain 47% of the population,” are home to 68% of murders in the United States.

Writing in Real Clear Policy, CPRC’s John Lott explains that even within the deadliest of counties, there are areas where murders rarely occur. The contrast between deadly and not-so-deadly is found in the divide between the most urban parts of the worst counties and the more suburban areas. For example, Los Angeles County, which led the

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