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Joe Christianson, Fargo, Published December 26 2012

Letter: ‘Values’ opinion does not hold up

In response to the Dec. 20 letter “Loss of our basic values a cause for gun violence”:

If the rise of secularism and the demise of “traditional values” were to be responsible for violence in America, one would expect homicide rates to have increased over the past 20 years and be much higher in Western Europe. However, U.S. homicide rates dropped by more than half from 1991 to 2010, and Western European homicide rates are typically three to six times lower than U.S. rates.

Blaming secular “decadence” for violence only stifles conversations about legislation that could actually save lives.