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Gun control not answer

Statistics tell another story

The presence of guns doesn't cause murder. The only reason a movement for gun control exists is because the following facts have been mostly hidden from the public. I found the majority of this information in the Statistical Abstract of the United States, a government book found in the reference sections of larger libraries.

In the gun-saturated states of Iowa, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, South Dakota and North Dakota, the murder rate was only 1.7 per 100,000 people in 1998. This is about as low as that rate gets anywhere in the world. The murder rates in these states have remained about the same each year since 1943.


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