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Taking a Stand: Gun Control

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The recent mass shootings conger up a lot of emotion and debate. Now we're stuck with hoping our government can somehow dictate "gun regulations" while also protecting our Constructional rights.

But here is what people are not talking about: In the US, violent crimes and the murder rate have decreased by 50%  over the last 20 years.  

The ratio of violent crimes per 100,000 people was 9.3% in the United States, while in Great Britain where they have no legal guns,  the ratio is  six and a half times greater. To me that shows that less guns doesn't equate to less violence.

In 2011 only 3.5% of the total  homicides in the US were committed by rifles; the AR 15 falls in that rifle classification. So please tell me, what good would an assault rifle ban do to cut down on homicides?

The answers to these questions are the farthest thing in the world from easy and, right now, our government has shown it can't even get the easy things right. So it's our job to keep a close watch on what they decide, and how they decide to do it.

That's my stand but I really want to hear yours. 

(Some statistics and information come from the viral video "Choose your own crime stats" included at the top of the page)

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