29 Jan 2019

Handgun ownership and US toddler deaths

From Afternoons, 1:22 pm on 29 January 2019

New research has found a link between the increase in the number of handguns in American homes and firearm-related deaths of toddlers. 

Kiwi researcher Dr Kate Prickett worked with US academics on a project tracking the connection between gun ownership and mortality of kids between 1-5 years old, over a 40 year period. 

Dr Prickett is a senior lecturer at Victoria University, though the work was one while she was at the University of Waikato and the University of Chicago. She joins us to explain the findings.

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