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Harvard Study: No Correlation Between Gun Control and Less Violent Crime

August 28, 2013 Open Forum, Video 1 Comment

A Harvard Study titled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?” looks at figures for “intentional deaths” throughout continental Europe and juxtaposes them with the U.S. to show that more gun control does not necessarily lead to lower death rates or violent crime.Because the findings so clearly demonstrate that more gun laws may in fact increase death rates, the study says that “the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths” is wrong.

For example, when the study shows numbers for Eastern European gun ownership and corresponding murder rates, it is readily apparent that less guns to do not mean less death. In Russia, where the rate of gun ownership is 4,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, the murder rate was 20.52 per 100,000 in 2002. That same year in Finland, where the rater of gun ownership is exceedingly higher–39,000 per 100,000–the murder rate was almost nill, at 1.98 per 100,000.Looking at Western Europe, the study shows that Norway “has far and away Western Europes highest household gun ownership rate 32%, but also its lowest murder rate.”And when the study focuses on intentional deaths by looking at the U.S. vs Continental Europe, the findings are no less revealing.

The U.S., which is so often labeled as the most violent nation in the world by gun control proponents, comes in 7th–behind Russia, Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, Belarus, and the Ukraine–in murders. America also only ranks 22nd in suicides.

via Harvard Study: No Correlation Between Gun Control and Less Violent Crime.

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  • anoesis

    Ten times more murders in Russia than in Finland where they have ten times more guns per capita than in Russia. People who are scared of a gun are so much more likely to try to make a law where someone who enjoys guns cannot have one. I have used my legally owned gun to keep someone from hurting me and I don’t mind if someone else is to chicken to fight for himself. They should just leave me alone. ALL the real evidence is against THEM.

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