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Old 29th Aug 2015, 21:10
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Join Date: Aug 2005
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This thread has a few valid points on both sides. It is true, the murder rate in the US has been higher than many developed nations, however the current rate has returned to 1960's levels - nearly half - after peaking in the early 90s.

Urban poverty, gang violence, and the failed war on drugs are among the primary causes of violent crime in the states. This violence is facilitated by the flood of cheap handguns that began in the late 1970s and continued unchecked to the present.

Gang related homicides range from 5% in rural areas to over 66% in large cities. The failed war on drugs is one of the primary factors in the proliferation of gang membership and activity.

While pondering that sobering data, have a gander at this statistical map of world murder rates:

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