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    Posted December 23, 2012 by
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    Gun control debate: Background checks

    Read the facts, don't listen to pundits

    "A compilation of 38 sources indicated that AWs accounted for 2% of crime guns on average" - An Updated Assessment of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban: Impacts on Gun Markets and Gun Violence, 1994-2003. Report to the National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice By Christopher S. Koper (Principal Investigator) With Daniel J. Woods and Jeffrey A. Roth (June 2004)

    If you believe that instituting a ban on a class* of firearms that constitute only 2% of the total gun crimes is going to have a meaningful impact on violent crime, you need to think again.

    * = "Class" is used loosely in this sentence, since the so-called "Assault weapon ban" used a set of arbitrary criteria to qualify firearms as "assault weapons" or not.
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