Coincidental to a July 4 on which at least six people were shot in the Little Rock area comes a link to a survey that shows Arkansas No. 2 among the states in the percentage of adults who own guns.

Arkansas clocked in at 57.9 percent, behind only Alaska at 61.7 percent.

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Here’s the full study from public health researchers. It includes this: 

Firearm violence in the USA continues to be a major public health concern. There is little question that the high prevalence of gun ownership in the USA contributes to the burden of firearm- related injury.

The authors conclude that prevalence of gun culture — such as a social life with family and friends including use of guns — is associated with gun ownership rates. Among other footnotes: The higher a state’s gun ownership rate, the higher its gun fatality rate.

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