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Less households have guns in them now than 30 years ago, one of the reasons there is less violence

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With 5 votes and 35 points ahead, the winner is ...

Ramshutu
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Households with guns are considerably down from previous decades. In surveys conducted in the first half of the 1990s, Gallup discovered that on average 48% of Americans lived in households with guns. The GSS showed a similar 45% during that stretch.
Since that time, Gallup has found an average of 41% of households with at least one gun compared with 35% of the GSS. Both of those are within a few percentage points of the average for this decade (41% for Gallup and 33% for the GSS). In other words, there was a sharp trend downward in gun ownership during the 1990s, which has since stopped.https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/politics/guns-dont-know-how-many-america/index.html

Round 1
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Forfeited
Con
Correlation is not causation. While there is broad correlation between fall in crime rate and gun ownership, this does not imply or necessitate causal relationship. Rates of smoking have also been declining, economic inequality has also accelerated in this time frame - this does not mean these are a cause of decreased gun ownership any more than crime rates. 

Round 2
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Forfeited
Con
Extend.
Round 3
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Forfeited
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Extend