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OT gun control stuff......interesting

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by slugbug1, Aug 16, 2007.

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  1. slugbug1

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    Two researchers Kates(Stanford U) and Mauser(Canadian university professor) have compiled statistics for rates of murder, suicide and gun ownership in nations all over the world. Their findings SHATTER the arguments of anti-gun proponents.

    Excerts:
    "Almost no Russian civilians owned firearms (but) Russia had, and continues to have, by far the highest murder rate in the developed world."

    Neither a majority, nor many, nor virtually any murderers are ordinary "law-abiding citizens". Rather almost all murderers are extremely aberrant individuals with life histories of violence, psychpathology, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors.

    Spain has 12 times the gun ownership rate of Poland, yet Poland's suicide rate is more than double that of Spain.

    Even though its (lawfull) citizens are effectively disarmed, in 2002 Luxembourg had a murder rate nine times higher than in neighboring Germany-where firearms are legal and widely owned.

    Whether gun availability is viewed as a cause or as a coincidence, the long term evidence is that gun ownership spread widely throughout societies consistantly correlates with stable or declining murder rates.

    http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf
     
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