Has Texas Experienced an Epidemic of Firearms-Related Deaths?

26 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2018

Date Written: December 27, 2017


In-depth examination of complete datasets from the FBI and Centers for Disease Control indicates that Texas has become safer over time:

• When comparing Texas data and national trends, Texans have become safer.

• While some data shows an increase in the number of certain firearms fatalities, after including Texas’s exceptional population growth during the same time period, Texas still experienced significant declines in firearms fatality rates.

• Suicides now account for nearly two-thirds of all firearms fatalities.

• Non-firearms suicides have increased at an exceptional rate, a trend reflected in national data. Despite this trend, firearms-involved suicide rates declined faster in Texas.

Keywords: gun control, firearms, homicide, suicide, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Suggested Citation

Nemerov, Howard Ross, Has Texas Experienced an Epidemic of Firearms-Related Deaths? (December 27, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3093716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3093716

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