"In the weeks following President Barack Obama’s re-election and the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, Californians rushed to stock up on handguns.
Over the next year, firearm injuries in the state increased,
according to a study released by the UC Davis Violence Prevention
The study, the first to track the correlation between handgun
purchases and firearm-related harm, showed that gun injuries rose by 4
percent following a 55 percent increase in handgun sales.
The authors of the report, published in Injury Epidemiology,
carefully hedged their findings to avoid drawing a direct
cause-and-effect relationship. But they point out that, the number of
guns purchased—36,142—above the normal pattern was associated with a
greater risk of harm."
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