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Re: Gun Control and Violent Crime, Please Read!!
NRA.com is a good source of (U.S. Government) statistics on firearms ownership, crime, etc.
On the question of whether Gun Control legislation is an effective deterrent to gun-related crimes, look at cities that have comprehensive gun bans...and also look to the UK and Australia, which once were nation-states where citizens could own firearms, and then changed to prohibit gun ownership. I think the legal system, in its failure to aggressively prosecute and punish those found guilty of violent crime, prevents any notion of deterrence. Now, if violent criminals were executed within, say, 30 days of their conviction...then maybe we'd have a deterrent.
Just a suggestion, but an interesting tangent that you could explore in your paper is the "culture of violence" in America...there are millions of firearms owners in America, and tens of millions of firearms; statistically, criminals who commit gun-related crimes are very small in number--but look for stats that show the number who are "repeat offenders"...that would be interesting. Contrast it to the nations which allow private citizens to own firearms, yet do not have a high crime rate.
Let us know how the paper turns out.