A study published in the UK medical journal The Lancet that claims the nationwide implementation of just three laws would reduce U.S. gun homicides by 90 percent is so bad that even anti-gunners are disowning it.
"That’s too big—I don’t believe that,” David Hemenway, a professor of health policy, and gun-control advocate, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told the Washington Post.
The Boston University study claims that of the 25 gun-control laws examined, nine decreased gun deaths and nine actually increased gun deaths. The rest had no effect. One of the three they claimed would be most effective was ballistic fingerprinting, which is not currently implemented in any state.
“Briefly, this is not a credible study and no cause and effect inferences should be made from it, emailed Daniel Webster, director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research—at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.