Ask FactCheck: Week ending Mar. 7

February 7, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST answers your questions about U.S. politics.

Mar. 7, 2008

Q: Are violent crimes more or less common in areas where handgun ownership is higher?
A: Some studies have found that murder rates (not crime rates in general) are higher where guns are more prevalent. But social scientists have not found a direct causal relationship between the two factors.

Q: Is the economic stimulus payment taxable?
A: No.

Q: How many World Trade Center victims were from outside the U.S.?
A: About 21 percent were born outside the U.S., but only 1 percent were residents of foreign countries.

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