The occurrence of violence is inversely proportional to the strength of gun legislation—“strong gun laws, when enforced, can help deny access to firearms to people who really should not have them. The reverse is also true. In jurisdictions with weak legislation related to gun purchasing, ownership and use, there tend to be higher rates of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder. In the U.S., for example, right-to-carry laws are statistically associated with increases in the incidence of violent assault,” writes The Huffington Post‘s Robert Muggah.

Most Americans agree that these observations are common sense, and therefore support strong, comprehensive gun laws, which, instead of taking guns away from law-abiding citizens (as many pro-gun advocates claim), encourage transparent rules and procedures for gun ownership, possession, storage, and carrying “to ensure that public safety prevails over the private interest.”

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