injury prevention (B/G 74 percent; COT 91 percent);
and priorities for research funding regarding firearm
injury prevention (B/G 80 percent; COT 92 percent).
Although statistically different, members of both the
COT and the B/G clearly support these approaches,
although they differ in the degree of support.
For the other five advocacy initiatives surveyed,
the percentage difference between the B/G and COT
responses was not statistically different. Despite the
specialty differences between the COT and the B/G,
the level of support for these other five advocacy initiatives was remarkably similar.
Effect of firearm ownership on results
Both the COT survey and the B/G survey results were
also analyzed based on whether the respondents had
a firearm in the home. This evaluation was done to
explore how closely or differently these two groups
may be with respect to attitudes and beliefs regarding
potential policies or strategies to reduce firearm injury.
We hypothesized that there would be differences based
on the presence or absence of a firearm in the home.
Table 3, page 34, shows the responses of COT mem-
bers based on whether the respondent had a firearm in
the home. Although statistically different, in general,
as a group, the respondents with firearms in the home
are very supportive of most of the issues, with more
than 70 percent of respondents supporting six of seven
of the advocacy issues surveyed.
Table 4, page 35, displays the data for B/G respondents by the presence or absence of a firearm in the
home. In B/G respondents, there were statistical differences in five of the seven areas when analyzed by the
presence or absence of a firearm in the home. Like the
members of the COT, the Governors with firearms in
their homes indicate more than 70 percent support for
five of the seven policy questions surveyed.
VIEWS ON ADVOCACY AND HEALTH POLICY TOPICS
or support Neutral
1. Mandate background checks and license/permit for all
firearm purchases, including those from authorized
dealers, gun shows, or private sales prior to purchase
COT 86% 4% 10%
B/G 90 2 8
2. Prevent people with mental health
illness from purchasing firearms
COT 91 5 4
B/G 93 3 4
3. Increase penalties for purchasers that provide
guns to individuals illegally (straw purchasers)
and dealers that sell firearms through illegal
means or bypassing background checks
COT 92 4 4
B/G 90 4 6
4. Preserve the right of physicians and health care
providers to counsel their patients or the parents
of their patients on safe firearm ownership
COT* 91 7* 2
B/G* 74 18* 8
5. Identify and implement evidence-based injury prevention
programs that decrease firearm injuries (in partnership
with other professional organizations or independently)
COT 93 5 2
B/G 87 8 5
6. Limit civilian access to ammunition designed
for military or law enforcement use (that is,
armor piercing, large magazine capacity)
COT 76 9 15
B/G 76 8 16
7. Make funds available for research to better understand
gun violence and how to prevent gun violence
COT* 92 5* 3
B/G* 80 10* 10
*p < .001, using Mann-Whitney U tests comparing B/G with COT responses.
Highlighted in grey where p was significant using Mann-Whitney U tests.