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On Firearms And The Killing Of Police

According to an article in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health, police in states with high rates of gun ownership are three times more likely to be killed on the job than states with low gun ownership rates. (Jim Sheaffer/Flickr)
According to an article in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health, police in states with high rates of gun ownership are three times more likely to be killed on the job than states with low gun ownership rates. (Jim Sheaffer/Flickr)

With the nation’s attention still turned to what might feel like an endless string of police shootings of unarmed black men, a new study out looks at the murder of police on the job — and not police killed in retaliation for their acts of aggression.

According to an article in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health, police in states with high rates of gun ownership are three times more likely to be killed on the job than states with low gun ownership rates.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks with the study’s lead researcher, David Swedler, about his team’s findings.

Guest

  • David Swedler, lead researcher on the study “Firearm Prevalence and Homicides of Law Enforcement” and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He tweets @DSwedler.
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