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

USNbubblehead Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 11:45 AM
"If one wants to see the ineffectiveness of countrywide gun bans and increased firearm regulations, one doesn't have to look any further than Mexico." In the case of a ban on firearms here, one will have to look no further than Mexico to obtain one. I think that drug cartels would want some of that market, and the transportation system is already in place. Conveniente, no?
Houziwang Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 2:15 PM
Excellent point!!! It reminds me of how easy it is for people to get illegal weapons. One of my young relatives told me kids at her school could give her an AK-47 if she wanted it to shoot her step-father with. The other option was a Rambo-style knife. I didn't believe her, but told her the knife would be less conspicuous. I was totally surprised, and wrong when she brought a knife that was as long as the distance between my elbow and middle finger...roughly 18". This was in California...which was under Republican Pete Wilson at the time.
Houziwang Wrote: Jan 29, 2013 2:17 PM
Of course I did not let her keep it...but I found out years later (after divorcing her aunt) her step-father was in prison. At least she didn't get locked up....
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...