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      Gun Bans Don't Mean Lower Murder Rates, Finds Harvard Study

      Countries with strict gun laws often see higher murder rates than those with permissive gun laws. {}That's one of the findings in a study done by researchers at Harvard University.

      The study found that in Russia, where guns are banned, the murder rate nearly four times higher than that in the United States.

      The study also found that in Finland and Norway, where more than 1/3 of people own guns, the murder rate is near zero.

      The study looked at gun laws in several European countries, and at the rate of all deaths caused by gunfire in those countries. {}It then took those findings and compared them to laws and statistics in the United States.

      The study's findings were that tough gun laws don't mean lower murder rates or lower instances of violent crime in many cases.

      You can read the entire Harvard study here:

      http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

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