Gun Crime & Ownership:
Arm Yourself With Some Facts



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Presenting an interesting infographic as a facts reference synopsis - sources are quoted at foot of the graphic. Click on the smaller version to enlarge (1.5MB file). (The IL carry status has changed since this analysis.)

By Jessica Ruane, on February 12th, 2013.
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The debate surrounding the connection between gun crime and gun ownership is certainly not a new issue for Americans. However, the recent spike in high-profile mass shootings has reignited a national debate surrounding gun policy in the U.S.

With all the rhetoric being bantered back and forth about gun violence, it has become increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. Our goal is not to push an agenda, but to arm Americans with the information they need to decide where they stand on this complex issue for themselves. The dispute on how gun ownership affects violent crime rates is not going away anytime soon. Here's what you need to know about it.

The facts themselves may be clear, but their implications certainly aren't. It's true that the United States has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world—by far. And compared to its economic counterparts, the U.S. also has the highest homicide rate, but the U.S. is not number one in the world for gun violence. At the same time, gun violence has steadily dropped in the U.S. over the past several years, and firearm murders are declining, even as gun ownership increases. What does all this mean? We leave that for you to decide.

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Gun Crime & Ownership: Arm Yourself With Some Facts

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Jessica Ruane:
Jessica Ruane is a savvy San Diego blogger and cat enthusiast. She loves researching bizarre crimes and is never surprised by all the weird, wonderful, and strange things that people do every day. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and has a die-hard passion for the written word. Find her on Google+

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