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Does the High Rate of Gun Violence in America Reflect Our Values?

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Today our guest is Attorney Mike McLively from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. We will discuss the complexity of gun laws in the US.

The latest manifestation of this "hot" topic is campus life and guns -- "lawmakers in 10 states are busy adapting the issue of campus sexual assault to the campaign to arm college students". (http://nyti.ms/1D2uR1S)

How do we understand the prevalence of gun violence in America?
60% of the US homicide occur using a firearm. In other gun permeated countries like Finland it is only 19%. United States has the highest gun ownership in the world. (The Washington Post, 12/14/12)

Is it totally unrealistic to think we can ever become a land without guns such as Japan? Are they smarter than we are? What's the story?