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The growing epidemic of gangs and guns in the United States

from By Liz Murphy

Gang violence is a growing challenge for law enforcement agencies and lawmakers across the country. At the recent United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., mayors from across the country participated in a session to discuss this issue. Ashley Swearengin, the mayor of Fresno, Calif., acted as the chair of the session and offered her thoughts on Fresno's ongoing battle against gang violence. But this problem isn't limited to Fresno. In fact, the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment published by the FBI's National Gang Intelligence Center shows how gangs significantly impact crime rates in communities. more

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