Studies Show Owning A Gun Doubles Gun Fatality Risk

The US has more gun deaths in one month than any other high in-income country has for almost an entire year. In 2020, gun violence skyrocketed in the US, killing more than 45,000 people.

KGNU’s Alexis Kenyon spoke with Dr. Garen Wintemute, an emergency room physician and director of the University of California’s Firearm Violence Research Center who says, research shows, owning a gun increases your chances of dying by gunshot by 100 percent. Since the pandemic began, he says, the number of people who own guns in the US is higher than ever before.

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Alexis Kenyon

Alexis Kenyon

Alexis Kenyon is an experienced radio reporter with more than 15 years of experience creating compelling, sound-rich radio stories for news outlets across the country. Kenyon has master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism in radio broadcast and photojournalism. She has worked in KGNU's news department since 2021 as a reporter, editor, and daily news producer. In all her work, she strives to produce thought-provoking, trustworthy journalism that makes other people's stories feel personal. In addition to audio production, Kenyon runs KGNU's news internship program and oversees the department's digital engagement.
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