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I think you could also agree that most of that violence --yes, actual violence-- is restricted largely to the cities, and certain population within those cities. We have it much the same in the US. Our gun homicide rates are skewed by violent urban undercultures which have little regard for any law or human life. Factor out the notorious ganglands of South Chicago, certain parts of Los Angeles and NYC, Washington D.C., etc. , and I'm sure our violent crime rate would be much more on par with the rest of the Western and civilised worlds': at least on par and I would wager better.
There is a substantive difference between being permitted to own a firearm being permitted to keep and bear arms. A weapon does little good for active self-defence purposes if one must keep it unloaded, locked, with ammo locked in a separate container, etc.
Well. It's official. We're a dictatorship.
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