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Argument: Lax gun control laws are economically costly

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  • The Coalition for Gun Control claims that, "in Canada, the costs of firearms death and injury (including murder, suicide and unintentional injuries) alone have been estimated at 6 billion dollars per year. In the US the number of deaths and attendant costs are much higher. In addition to the costs measured in terms of the economic value of lost lives, violence in the US diverts health, policing and social resources from other problems." Of course, this argument is predicated on the assumption that more stringent gun control laws would decrease violence and deaths by guns, which is a highly debated premise.

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