HOT BLAST: Access to guns and deaths by guns -- a deadly mixture
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A Springfield model 1911 .45 pistol is worn by gun-rights advocate John Savarese, from Chesterfield County, Va., as he stands outside the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., Monday. (AP)
A Springfield model 1911 .45 pistol is worn by gun-rights advocate John Savarese, from Chesterfield County, Va., as he stands outside the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Va., Monday. (AP)
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In what's likely to cause another argument between gun-rights supporters and gun-control advocates, new research shows that people who have ready access to guns are more likely to die by gunshots or commit suicide with a gun.

Reputable studies have shown that to be the case for years, but this study -- by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco -- combines the findings of multiple previous surveys to create a larger, more definitive pool of data. The UC San Francisco data also exposed a significant difference between men and women in the results.

Here's what they found, in a nutshell:

"People who have ready access to a firearm are almost twice as likely to be killed and three times likelier to commit suicide than those without a gun available in the home or from a neighbor or friend."

-- Phillip Tutor
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