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Guns, Gun Control, and Homicide
Guns, gun control, and homicide

In the search for more effective ways to reduce homicide, establishing more stringent controls on gun commerce and use has the broad support of the American public. Guns are the immediate cause of about 15,000 criminal homicides a year (Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1971–1997) and are used to threaten or injure victims in hundreds of thousands of robberies and assaults (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997). It makes sense that if we could find a way to make guns less readily available, especially to those inclined toward crime and violence, we could reduce the level and seriousness of crime, including a reduction in homicide.

It is an understatement to say simply that not everyone accepts this perspective on ...

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