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15 January 2006

New York Times

Although homicides reported in New York City last year reached their lowest level since 1963, two killings of police officers late in the year raised public awareness of the problem of illegal guns on the city's streets. In his inaugural address on Jan. 1, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared that a major goal of his second term would be to "rid our streets of guns, and punish all those who possess and traffic in these instruments of death." Although the total flow of... (

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