From a distance, the United States can look like a nation of broad civilian gun ownership, frequent shootings, and stubborn resistance to stricter gun control laws. In reality, many places, even parts of cities that struggle with gun violence, like Chicago, Oakland, and Baltimore, are almost completely safe. The devastation of gun violence is clustered in particular areas, often racially segregated neighborhoods that have been shut out from a wide range of different resources, from good schools to grocery stores . . .
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