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The majority of crimes committed in the United States were accompanied by a weapon which was usually a gun The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research dedicates its service to prevent gun-related deaths and injuries Studies have proven that in 1997 there were 32436 gun related deaths which calculated out equals 88 deaths a day A study by researchers from the University of Chicago John Lott and David Mustard showed that violent crime is reduced when citizens have a law that allows them to carry concealed weapons In 1994 a crime bill was passed that included an assault weapons ban that outlawed the manufacturing and selling of semiautomatic weapons and prohibits the manufacturing of copies The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research was established in 1995 and applies an approach to informing the public about guns The Center attempts to educate the public about firearm injuries and new gun policies The Center tries to prove that the safety of guns can be regulated as we would regulate the safety of other consumer goods The Center looks into legal and public strategies to reduce the amounts of injuries and deaths due to the use of guns The Center creates and evaluates policies to restrict the availability of weapons to high risk users The faculty of the Center evaluates the effect of gun laws such as those banning the Saturday Night Specials or permitting the carrying of a concealed weapon The Center also conducts surveys to find out from the public what people think about gun laws and policies The second leading cause of injury in the United States are gun-related deaths In 1997 the amount of gun related deaths exceeded the amount of motor vehicle related deaths in five states and the District of Columbia 54 of all gun related deaths in 1997 were suicides and 42 were homicides According to polls 92 of homicides were due to young black males
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