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Gun control has been a controversial issue for years A vast majority of citizens believe that if gun control is strictly enforced it would quickly reduce the threat of crime Many innocent people feel they have the right to bear arms for their own protection But how much protection can a gun provide The mindset that guns are an obvious solution for crime rate reduction is a very popular one but also very untrue More guns more crime or at least a much smaller reduction in the crime rate A 1999 study by the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence based on FBI crime statistics demonstrates that liberalizing CCW laws may have an adverse effect on a states crime rate Between 1992 and 1997 the violent crime rate in states which kept strict CCW laws fell by an average of 248 The 29 states that bought the NRA line that hidden handguns make them safer saw their violent crime rates drop by only 114 Nationally violent crime declined by 194 in that five year period Violent crime actually rose in 12 of 29 states 41 which liberalized their CCW laws over the five years beginning in 1992 compared to a similar rise in violent crime in only 4 of 22 states 18 which did not change their CCW laws From the above statistics it is obvious that access to firearms did not provide extra protection for the citizen In fact the number of crime victims who successfully use firearms to defend themselves is quite small Out of 34040 American firearms deaths in 1996 only 212 were justifiable homicides by private citizens with firearms Obviously the ones who used the opportunity to buy guns were the criminals It is a proven fact that handguns have been the murder weapon of choice Guns are involved in half of all homicide cases People believe that society has relied on weapons that create harm and criminals Therefore these
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