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Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

President Trump is drawing criticism from activists who are normally his staunchest allies, including here in Idaho, for his controversial response to recent shootings that left more than 30 people dead.

A study in the medical journal BMJ found a strong association between the strength of a state’s gun laws and its rate of mass shootings.

Paul Reeping is an epidemiologist with Columbia University and first author on the paper. He says researchers had already looked at the relationship between gun laws and outcomes like suicide or homicide.

Thursday is the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting. More than a hundred state-level gun laws have been enacted since then, including several in the Mountain West.