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New Federal Report: Gun homicides, crime-related injuries, drop 1993-97

Monday, October 9, 2000

Between 1993-1997, the number of privately owned firearms in the United States rose by nearly 20 million. Disproving the anti-gun viewpoint that more guns automatically means more crime, the Bureau of Justice Statistics has just released a study showing that during the same period, the number of gunshot wounds from assaults treated in hospital emergency departments fell by 39% and homicides committed with firearms dropped 27%. Also on the BJS website, see "Crime and Justice in the United States and England and Wales, 1981-96." Despite severe "gun control" in the United Kingdom, crime trends are worse there than in the U.S.

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Crime & Criminal Justice

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