For decades there

has been a debate in the United States of America whether having stricter gun

laws or banning firearms altogether would reduce the homicide rates connected

with the use of firearms. Although many left wing supporter seem to be against

possession of firearms, the United States have the highest amount of guns owned

per person in the entire world. However, research has been limited over the

past 20 years by political pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) that

cut federal and private research funding related to firearms to a trickle. The

NRA argued that at least one gun study funded by the CDC was dubious and amounted

to federally funded gun control advocacy.

Nearly three years

after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama

issued an executive order, lifting the bar on federal funding for research on

gun violence, research on the subject has barely rebounded.

That has meant

that even the most basic data, how many guns there are in the United States,

where ownership is concentrated and how that is changing, how people view and

value and use firearms, is hard to come by.

For this

investigation, I will use the data from the official governmental site of how

many firearms were possessed in 2012 per state to the ratio of homicides

connected to firearms. In order to see if there is a correlation or a

statistical difference, the Chi squared test will be performed as well as the

Pearson’s correlation coefficient. With this mathematical investigation I will

try to calculate if rate of firearm possession is correlated to the homicide

rates, meaning, if it is true that more firearms cause more deaths per state. The

Chi squared test will help me to analyze and determine whether or not there is

a correlation between gun ownership and homicide connected to gun related

deaths per state.

Statement of Task:

The purpose of

this investigation is to determine whether there is a correlation between gun

ownership per state and the gun related deaths in the state.

The data will

primarily be taken from non-bias official government sites that report the

statistics each year as well as various websites that update the statistics

regularly.

The main purpose

of this investigation is to determine whether or not there is a relationship

between gun ownership and firearm related homicide per state in the US. The

type of data that will be collected and used is the statistics from the

National Rifle Association (NRA) as well as the governmental statistics of the

justice department in the US from 2012 for the firearm related homicides. The

reason the all the data will be used from 2012 is because it is the year where

stricter gun regulations have been passed in an attempt to reduce the homicide

rates relating to gun violence.

Plan of Investigation:

I am investigating

the relationship between gun ownership and firearm related homicides per states

in the United States of America. With the acquired data from trusted

governmental sources, all from the same year, a number of mathematical

processes will be used to analyze the data, such as a scatter plot graph,

calculations of the least squared regression line and the correlation

coefficient. A chi square test will be performed to show the dependence of gun

ownership to firearm related homicide rates in the US.

I will investigate

the correlation between guns owned per state and gun related deaths per state.

The collected data will be used to find a positive, negative or zero

correlation with the Chi square test. This data will be analyzed and displayed,

as a scattered plot graph of the data, and regression line and a correlation

coefficient will be found. For this investigation I will use the chi-squared

test on the data to show the dependence of gun related deaths to possession of guns

by state.