After two separate incidents of mass shootings in the United States, many people are pointing the finger at climate change as a possible contributor to the escalation of such violence. According to a study carried out and published in the journal Nature the previous year, prolonged exposure to adverse weather conditions may increase the likelihood of aggressive behavior. Furthermore, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013, climate change is projected to increase the number of days on which individuals encounter high heat, which may lead to an increase in hostility and violence. Finally, evidence suggests that an increase in the number of natural disasters brought on by climate change is leading to a rise in the number of people purchasing firearms. For example, following Hurricane Katrina, a study conducted in the United States and published in the journal Science in 2017 discovered that the number of weapons purchased in the country climbed by nine percent. The data implies that climate change may contribute to the current spate of mass shootings, even though there is no definite proof that it is responsible for these shootings. This article explores the hypothesis that there is a link between climate change’s effects and increased gun violence rates. It references a few studies that provide evidence that there may be a connection between the two, but it makes evident that there is no conclusive proof.
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