Statistics on Gun Violence in Alaska Don’t Support Additional Gun Control

By Holly A. Bell<a href="http://www.professorhollybell.com/?attachment_id=2228" rel="attachment wp-att-2228"><img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-2228" alt="No Shooting @ Mud Bay" src="http://www.professorhollybell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/No-Shooting-300x200.jpg" width="300" height="200" /></a> As someone who has always protected the rights of individuals to own firearms, I am often dismissed lately as less than a reliable source based on the fact that I happen to live in Alaska (even though I’ve only lived here a few years). Of course Alaska has a reputation for being a very gun-friendly state with liberal firearms laws and a significant hunting culture. Or, as someone rather explicitly stated recently, we are a bunch of “gun nuts”. Yes, Alaskans own a lot of guns, but I would like to share some statistics that you might find interesting. The State of Alaska is one of 17 states that participate in the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.cdc.gov/injury/FundedPrograms/index.html">CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS)</a>. Here are a few statistics from <a rel="nofollow" href="http://justice.uaa.alaska.edu/forum/25/4winter2009/b_nvdrs.html">Alaska's report</a>: <ul> <li>The rate of

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