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Gun Control is not Crime Control Americans are faced with an ever-increasing problem of violence The streets of America are now a war zone Teenage gangsters murder one another for drug territory and innocent victims are caught in the crossfire However most recent and most abhorrent is our children are killing one another They are killing with extreme prejudice Our children are killing exhibiting little or no remorse for lives they have taken We cannot ignore the carnage our society endures due to the criminal behavior of a minority obviously lacking the basic moral behavior regarding human life Nevertheless we must not be misguided in our efforts to address the problem at hand To eliminate the right of citizens to own firearms is not a solution Violent crime is not an issue that has reared its ugly head in the nineties The prohibition of alcohol was the beginning of what historians considered the most violent time in modern history Prohibition sparked murderous wars between mob families for the black market alcohol trade The government in their infinite wisdom made the ownership of fully automatic firearms illegal as a solution to the increased violence I do not see any need for anyone to own a machine gun then or now Nevertheless the ban on the firearms did not curb the violent behavior of the criminal element The ban created a new black market It was the repeal of the prohibition of alcohol that ended the massacre This is a parallel to the drug trafficking gangs of today An amendment to the 1994 Crime Bill offered by Representative Charles Schumer presented America with the Assault Weapon Ban with false promise that this would save the American people from the drug wars prevalent to the day The infamous Crime Bill banned nineteen specified firearms as well as foreign copies of the same It has been five years since the ban and the drug trade has flourished The
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