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Complete

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1313

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Firearm mortality has been a constant issue plaguing the United States for many decades. Unfortunately, with the accelerated spread of the novel virus COVID-19, those who live in America have to face the additional possibility of death. We investigated the impacts of these challenges at the state level. Specifically, we looked for potential trends in fatality rate from firearms and COVID-19 since the spread of the virus. Additionally, we carried out stepwise regression analysis to assess the state characteristics that most closely associated with the highest rates of deaths from gun violence, and what we found adds evidence and support for the argument that gun control laws save lives. We found that the number of gun laws, and the ideological leaning of states had statistically significant associations with the level of gun deaths. We also ranked states based on the severity of their level of firearm and COVID-19 fatality.

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Epidemic VS Pandemic: A Visual Data Analysis of Gun Deaths Vs COVID-19 Deaths in the United States of America

Firearm mortality has been a constant issue plaguing the United States for many decades. Unfortunately, with the accelerated spread of the novel virus COVID-19, those who live in America have to face the additional possibility of death. We investigated the impacts of these challenges at the state level. Specifically, we looked for potential trends in fatality rate from firearms and COVID-19 since the spread of the virus. Additionally, we carried out stepwise regression analysis to assess the state characteristics that most closely associated with the highest rates of deaths from gun violence, and what we found adds evidence and support for the argument that gun control laws save lives. We found that the number of gun laws, and the ideological leaning of states had statistically significant associations with the level of gun deaths. We also ranked states based on the severity of their level of firearm and COVID-19 fatality.