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Do Gun Bans Curb Violent Crime? (Part 2 of 3 on Reducing Violent Crime in the US)

mmelnicoff Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 12:50 PM
Don't give me that typical "survivalist" mentality argument. After 235 years of independence and Constitutional government, with a strong press, this idea that the Federal gov't is about to turn into a Soviet style dictatorship is absolutely nuts. I worked in the gov't for a few years and most of my coworkers were very conservative in their stated beliefs. Most of the people in the armed services are also of a conservative mindset. What chance do you think you will REALLY have to defend your home against the Federal gov't? Get real!! What about the notion of helping the local police do their jobs in preventing crime? Gun murder is a local issue.
Who isn't sickened by the moral decay and heinous acts of violence across our country? My heart and prayers continue to go out to victims everywhere.

But do gun bans -- such as the one proposed this past week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which would outlaw 120 specific firearms -- curb violent crime?

Not according to a recent Fox News investigation titled "Assault-weapons ban no guarantee mass shootings would decrease, data shows." The report concluded, "Data published earlier this year showed that while the (Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was signed by President Bill Clinton) was in place, from...