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Control Will it Help Sometimes it seems that almost all news reports about firearms gun control or crime should start out with that phrase Those four short words tell us that while the story to follow will be presented as fact it is really fiction or better said a myth or a fable Unfortunately these fables have come to displace facts in the public dialogue about firearms and crime in America Some of these fables as many fables do start out with a grain of truth but are later misrepresented and twisted to serve a particular purpose Still other misinterpreted facts about guns are just incorrect assumptions that over time are given the imprimatur of fact Whatever their source it is important that they be exposed as the fables they are so that they might no longer influence the national debate A few of these fabrications are a gun in the home makes the home less safe gun control laws prevent crime and hunting and the gun culture teach our kids to be violent Some people claim that a firearm in the home is unsafe and that firearm related accidents are more likely to occur with a gun in the house than if the household did not have a firearm readily available Anti-firearm activists insist that the very act of keeping a firearm in the home puts family members at risk and therefore claim that a gun in the home is 43 times more likely to be used to kill a family member than an intruder Gun control advocates would have the public believe that armed citizens would often accidentally shoot or kill a family member mistaking them for a criminal It was proposed that a household with a firearm is much more likely to experience a homicide than if it did not have a gun in the household for protection Many firearm advocates use the argument that gun control laws prevent
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