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Average age at which an inmate in federal prison first fired a gun:

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Drivers who carry guns in their cars are more likely to indulge in road rage.

A woman in New York suffered broken bones when her 50-year-old son intentionally drove his Chevrolet Tahoe into her living room, running her over. “He drove right in,” said a relative, “like it was a garage.”

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