Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church hangs the American flag upside down outside his church Aug. 31 as demonstrators protest the uptick in homicides across Chicago. Thirteen people were fatally shot over the weekend, bringing the city's annual toll to at least 500. Joshua Lott/Getty Images hide caption

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Even as violent crime and property crime rates are falling, many Americans are choosing to arm themselves for safety reasons. RonBailey/Getty Images hide caption

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Does Carrying A Pistol Make You Safer?

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Joel Contreras, left, an Operation Peacemaker Fellow, and Joseph McCoy, a Neighborhood Change Agent with the Office of Neighborhood Safety, in Richmond, Cali. Fellows receive counseling, social services, a job and cash if they agree to stay in contact everyday and stay out of trouble. Richard Gonzales/NPR hide caption

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To Reduce Gun Violence, Potential Offenders Offered Support And Cash

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A memorial is seen on a West Baltimore street at the site of the city's 300th homicide on Nov. 19. Jun Tsuboike/NPR hide caption

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In A Sea Of Homicide Stats, A Familiar Name — And A Heartbreaking Story

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Detective Mark Williams (right) speaks with an officer in Richmond, Va. A decade ago, amid a surge in violent crime, Richmond police were identifying relatively few murder suspects. So the police department refocused its efforts to bring up its "clearance rate." Alex Matzke for NPR hide caption

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Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

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Police officers take cover behind their vehicles in Moncton, New Brunswick, on Wednesday. Three police officers were shot dead and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday night; Canadian police are searching for the suspected gunman. Ron Ward via the Canadian Press/AP/Moncton Times & Transcript hide caption

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Los Angeles police officers take a break during a basketball game with residents of the Nickerson Gardens housing project in July 2011. Violent crime at Nickerson Gardens and two nearby housing projects has fallen by almost half since 2010. Thomas Watkins/AP hide caption

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After Years Of Violence, L.A.'s Watts Sees Crime Subside

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Homicide remains a leading cause of death for young people, even as rates drop. In Chicago, a teenage boy grieves next to a memorial where Ashley Hardmon, 19, was shot and killed on July 2. Gunmen fired while she was chatting with friends. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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A young neighbor watches as police respond to a double homicide in Flint, Mich., on June 30. Organizations including the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center are working to help young people choose non-violent solutions to conflict. Michelle Tessier/MLIVE.COM /Landov hide caption

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