Contrary to popular belief, owning guns does not make us safer, and there’s plenty of scientific evidence to prove it. A recent study found that states with higher levels of gun ownership have higher rates of gun crime and do not have lower levels of other crime.

“Almost two-thirds of the people in the U.S. population live in homes without guns, and there is no evidence that the inhabitants of these homes are at greater risk of being robbed, injured or killed by criminals compared with citizens in homes with guns,” writes David Hemenway for The Los Angeles Times.

“Instead, the evidence is overwhelming that a gun in the home increases the likelihood not only that a household member will be shot accidentally, but also that someone in the home will die in a suicide or homicide.”

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