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Table 1 Characteristics of letters to the editors regarding gun in the home articles, letters written by authors of the original articles in response, and letters to the editors regarding articles on other topics

From: Letters to the editor in response to studies of guns in the home and homicide and suicide

  Gun in the home articles Other articles
Letters to the editor
n = 24
Author’s replies
n = 6
Letters to the editor
n = 57
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Scientific discussion 17 (70.1%) 6 (100%) 52 (91.2%)
Political reference 11 (45.8%) 0 (0%) 2 (3.5%)
Character critique 4 (16.7%) 0 (0%) 1 (1.8%)
Journal critique 6 (25.0%) 0 (0%) 2 (3.5%)
Pro-gun reference 7 (29.2%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Anti-gun reference 6 (25.0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
National Rifle Association (NRA) reference 3 (12.5%) 2 (33.3%) 0 (0%)
Reference to organization in opposition to NRA 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Constitution or 2nd Amendment reference 3 (12.5%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
Disagree with article 17 (70.8%) 0 (0%) 32 (56.1%)
Number of scientific citations, median 1 4 4