Last April a teenager injured 21 high school classmates and a security guard with two kitchen knives. Pittsburgh area rampage which proves, as University of California criminologist Franklin Zimring says, that the weapon matters. Especially if it’s a large caliber gun. He found “that people shot by larger caliber guns — which carry bigger and more destructive bullets — were more likely to die than those shot by smaller caliber guns.” Although overall crime rates in America aren’t that much higher than comparable cities–a fact we are repeatedly reminded of by gun nuts–we still have higher rates of homicide. And the reason for that is that criminals are armed with guns that kill. And these guns are as easy to get as ice cream at the corner store.
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