Gun-related deaths have risen dramatically since 2004. NPR’s Sarah McCammon speaks to researcher Eric Fleegler about a recent study of these deaths, looking at the last 30 years.
“The most common reason somebody dies by gun is access to a gun. The rates of ownership of firearms are highest among white households. Children, young adults who die by firearm suicide, they’re almost always using guns that were available in their own homes. And so having guns either kept outside of the home, having a gun stored locked up and locked up separate from the ammunition – also locked up – and locked up in a way that the child can’t access it is a significant step forward for making things safer.”