The map overlays the map of firearm deaths above with gun control restrictions by state. It highlights states which have one of three gun control restrictions in place – assault weapons’ bans, trigger locks, or safe storage requirements. Firearm deaths are significantly lower in states with stricter gun control legislation. Though the sample sizes are small, we find substantial negative correlations between firearm deaths and states that ban assault weapons (-.45), require trigger locks (-.42), and mandate safe storage requirements for guns (-.48).
I’d argue, as many pundits have, that America’s culture of violence is an equal partner with our lax laws in the stunningly high rate of gun deaths we experience compared to other countries. It’s not just about restrictions, but also about attitudes.
Yet the reality is that laws do have some effect, as these numbers show, and that guns on campus are detrimental, not conducive, to safety. With that in mind, it’s pretty irresponsible to advocate for more guns on campuses — where, you know, children spend their time. So perhaps the last word on Vaughn’s interview is best left to an Internet commenter who responded to the news by addressing the actor directly, telling him, “your sexiness rating with me just plummeted.”