It's astonishing that a criminal justice professor would blame an increase in violent crime on the National Rifle Association.

Criminal justice experts said the statistics reflect the nation's complacency in fighting crime, a product of dramatic declines in the and the abandonment of effective programs that emphasized prevention, putting more police officers on the street and controlling the spread of guns.

"We see that budgets for policing are being slashed and the federal government has gotten out of that business," said James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University in Boston. "Funding for prevention at the federal level and many localities are down and the (National Rifle Association) has renewed strength."

I know many NRA members, and every single one of them is the kind of guy who would shoot a robber dead, not be a robber himself. Blaming the NRA for violent crime in ludicrous and dishonest.



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