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that, "there is not an epidemic of school shootings."
Pouring cold water on the gun-control policies advocated
in the wake of school shootings, Fox noted: "The thing
to remember is that these are extremely rare events, and
no matter what you can come up with to prevent it, the
shooter will have a workaround."
In a July 19 article for The Boston Globe titled,
"Democrats are skipping out on the most important gun
fight of all," Abt took issue with the 2020 Democratic
presidential field's approach to violence perpetrated with
firearms. Abt noted that, "the candidates are still failing
to focus on what is simultaneously the most serious and
most solvable form of such violence: shootings and killings
on the streets of our cities."
High-profile shootings garner significant media
and political attention, but as Abt pointed out, "Urban
violence accounts for the overwhelming majority of
homicides in the United States." Moreover, this urban
violence is highly concentrated and necessitates targeted
strategies.
Abt explained that, "because urban violence
concentrates among a small number of people and places,
strategies that target those concentrations tend to work
best. In most medium to large cities, violent crime clusters
among a few hundred individuals and a few dozen microlocations known as 'hot spots.' Less than 1 percent of a
city's population and less than 5 percent of its geography
will generate the majority of its lethal or near-lethal
encounters."
The researcher went on to promote a handful of
targeted law enforcement and social policies that could
alleviate the problem without resorting to broad gun
controls. Highlighting one problem with the effort to
tackle urban violence, Abt wrote: "Mass shootings
account for less than 1 percent of all gun deaths annually,
yet they dominate the debate on gun violence and distort
the search for solutions."
This recognition that a significant portion of firearm
homicides take place within a small geographic area and
fraction of the population suggests that policies narrowly
targeted at problem areas and social networks are
more appropriate approaches to curbing violence than
sweeping gun controls, which restrict the rights of the
population at large.
Like Fox, not all of Abt's positions are laudable. The
researcher expressed passing support for so-called
"universal" background checks and a semi-automatic
firearm ban-both of which have been shown to be
ineffective. Moreover, in the Boston Globe article, the
academic took an unnecessary and clumsy swipe at
President Donald Trump.
Despite these shortcomings, Fox and Abt's more
reasoned analyses of the gun issue expose the gulf
between the haphazard rhetoric and policies peddled by
gun-control advocates and what might emerge from a
more thoughtful approach to curbing violent crime.
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URBAN VIOLENCE ACCOUNTS FOR
THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF
HOMICIDES IN THE UNITED STATES.

T

hese days there is a lot to be said for "what you see is
what you get," and that's definitely the case with up-andcoming country artist Josh Phillips. Phillips may not be a
nationwide household name quite yet, but his authenticity, amazing
songwriting and hard-work ethic caught the attention of some of
country music's biggest names, including Brantley Gilbert. Phillips
has built a strong group of incredibly loyal fans, especially in the
Southeast. "I would say my fans are my fans because they see me
as being just like them-a guy that's been there, a guy that's blue
collar, a guy that's one of their buddies." NRA Country is excited
to spotlight Phillips because we're confident he is destined to
become a big star. Vanessa Shahidi recently learned a bit more
about the North Carolina native and why he's NRA Country:
VS: Have you had any memorable hunts with other artists?
JP: Haha! I went to Tyler Farr's house one day to go deer hunting,
and his two dogs slept out in his barn with me (he has a man cave
out there). One of the dogs ate something it shouldn't have and
had an upset stomach. So when I woke up the next morning at 4:30
to go hunting and I couldn't see, I stepped in ... Looking back it
was pretty funny. I also doubled-up on some beautiful Eastern turkeys with my buddy Aaron Lewis last year before a show in Indiana
on the Brantley Gilbert tour.
VS: Does your love for the great outdoors impact your music?
JP: Absolutely! I like to talk about it from time to time in my songs.
I also think the fans enjoy that. We talk about a lot of our hunts
during "Meet and Greets" and stuff!
VS: What is your favorite personal firearm?
JP: This is a tough one. I've been building and collecting guns for
about 10 years now. It would be hard to pick just one, but I will
name my top five: FN-SCAR 17 in .308 Win., Browning in .300 Win.
Mag. (was my dad's), Marlin in .30-30 (was my granddad's),
IWI Tavor in .223 Rem. and Glock 19.
VS: What are you currently working on?
JP: I just released an EP with new music, and am super pumped to
continue touring, hunting and meeting/hanging with more fans!
Be sure to visit JoshPhillipsMusic.com to learn more about the
country star and his new EP released earlier this year, including the
hit single, "In a Bar Somewhere."

NRA Country is a lifestyle and a bond between the country music
community and hard-working Americans everywhere. It's powered
by pride, freedom, love of country, respect for the military and the
responsibilities of protecting the great American life. For more
information visit nracountry.com, follow on Twitter @NRACountry,
and NRA_Country on Instagram.

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