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Despite a 2015 Gallup poll survey that found only 28 percent of Americans personally own a gun and 55 percent want to see stricter gun laws, the powerful gun lobby has successfully blocked attempts at gun reform.

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Instead of strengthening gun laws, Kopel suggested America could save money and lives by focusing on mental health.

“More help for the severely mentally ill would be effective at reducing crimes against the mentally ill, who are disproportionately victimized,” he said. “It would also reduce homicide. About one fifth of state homicide prisoners are mentally ill.”

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