On 12/24/01 9:50 AM, "Geraint Rees" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I'd be interested to read about this 'proven fact' - do you have a
> reference? Presumably your 'proven fact' only applies specifically to US
> society where it is legal to own a handgun (unlike the UK, where it is not -
> any more).
Similar trends apply to the UK as well. As has been mentioned in the past,
at the beginning of the 20th century when guns were totally unregulated in
the UK, the murder rate was substantially lower than it was at the end of
the 20th century when handguns were basically outlawed. The same goes for
overall violent crime rates.
It should also be noted that virtually all of the concentrations of violent
crime in the US occur in locales where firearms have been banned or severely
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