A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies and the Cato Institute suggests that state and local governments in many states are losing the battle against drug-related violence.
The report notes that in many of the worst states for gun violence, including Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Wisconsin, local and state governments are struggling to contain gun violence and its associated social costs.
The institute analyzed the annual data for the 50 largest counties in each state.
They also reviewed data on gun-related deaths in each county and county population.
The findings were similar across the 50 states.
The study notes that local and city governments are responsible for only a fraction of violent crime in the US, while the federal government is responsible for a greater share.
The government doesn’t track gun deaths, but it does track the total number of guns in circulation, the number of firearms in private hands, the availability of illegal guns and the number and types of firearms that are available in the community.
“Gun violence is a global problem,” says Mark Muro, the director of research at IPS.
“The more guns we have, the more people we kill.”
Muro says the IPS study suggests that the federal Government is the key to ending the epidemic of gun violence.
“It’s clear that if we can put more resources into the States, and if we are more effective in identifying and preventing violent crime, then we will see significant reductions in gun deaths,” he says.
The IPS report points to the efforts of federal, state and city officials to reduce gun violence as an important part of the solution.
“Federal laws and federal programs provide important assistance in fighting gun violence,” says the report, titled The Gun Wars: Why Americans Are the Greatest Threat to Peace and Security in the World.
“These programs have resulted in significant reductions of gun crime, the majority of which occurred between 1980 and 2010, but many of which have remained unchanged for many decades.”
It also highlights the efforts by local governments to combat gun violence by establishing gun-free zones and reducing gun access to children.
The federal government has not yet released its own report on gun violence that would provide more detail on how effective local and local government are at curbing gun violence but the report did provide some numbers.
“As of January 1, 2017, the FBI reported that there were 731,074 violent crime-related homicides nationwide, and the vast majority of these deaths occurred in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia,” says IPS’ Muro.
“In the years since 2000, the homicide rate in the United States has fallen by nearly 40 percent.”
The report also noted that the percentage of gun homicides in the country has fallen from about 23 percent in 2000 to just 5 percent in 2017.
The majority of those gun homicides have been in urban areas, with the largest percentage in rural areas.
Muro notes that while some states have seen a decline in gun violence over the past decade, “the national trends are more consistent.”
Muralizski says the most recent gun deaths are the result of state and federal efforts to curb gun violence in the last decade.
“If we’re not able to reverse this trend and stop the violence in our communities, the result will be more and more violent deaths,” Muralikski says.
“We need to focus on the fact that our society is increasingly fragmented and that more and less people live in rural, urban and suburban communities.”
The Ips report also says that the decline in guns in the states is largely the result, not the cause, of federal and state policies.
“Most of the guns we now have in our country came from the federal and federal-state governments, and they have continued to put more restrictions on access to firearms,” Muro adds.
“So when you’re talking about how we prevent mass shootings and gun violence you need to look at the policies that govern access to guns, not only the gun laws.”
The findings come as President Donald Trump’s administration is considering new gun restrictions, including banning the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
The administration has previously called for universal background checks for all gun purchases, and it has been one of the strongest proponents of gun control in recent history.
In February, the administration released a proposed executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from performing business with states that have enacted or are considering new laws banning gun sales to convicted felons and domestic abusers.
In a statement, the White House said the report was “outrageous.”
“While gun violence has dropped in the past year, it is still the leading cause of death and disability among Americans,” the statement read.
“Instead of pushing gun restrictions or making us less safe, we need to find solutions to prevent mass”
Instead of pushing gun restrictions or making us less safe, we need to find solutions to prevent mass