The National Rifle Association (NRA) would have you believe that guns stop murders.
The reasoning is pretty clear: you need rifles to overthrow a government.
Poverty has a greater correlation to violent crime than access to firearms. In short, we don’t have a gun problem in the United States, we have a cultural problem. Most people in the gun control lobby know nothing about firearms or their construction.
You can’t blame an inanimate object that’s availability has absolutely no correlation to murder and expect to end violence.
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From 1990 until the ban was enacted, the homicide rate fluctuated between 10.9 and 13 homicides per million.
After the ban was enacted, homicides trended up until they reached a peak of 18.0 in 2003.
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The prohibited items speak volumes about what a government’s motive behind disarming the population is.