Re: GUNS: Misleading report by a true believer.

From: Ian Goddard (
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 17:52:33 MST

At 11:19 AM 03/05/2001 -0800, Joe Dees wrote:

>* "After Australia and England and Wales, the highest prevalence of crime
>was in Holland (25 percent), Sweden (25 percent) and Canada (24
>percent). The United States, despite its high murder rate, was among the
>middle ranking countries with a 21 percent victimization rate," the
>London Telegraph said.
>Didja see it? The quick gloss-over disclaimer 'despite its high murder
>rate". The white dog truth and bare bones facts are that the US has far
>and away the highest peacetime murder rate in the industrialized
>countries. The reason? It is so easy for criminals to get weapons
>reservd for, and used for, war in most other countries.

   IAN: In the US there was less gun control in the
   1950s (40s, 30s...) than now, thus it was easier
   get guns. So according to your hypothesis -- that
   easier access equals more murders -- there should
   have be more murders when guns were easier to get.
   I don't know the statistics, but I believe (though
   I might be wrong) that murder has been increasing
   even though gun-control laws have increased. See
   if US murder statistics support your hypothesis.
   I know Washington DC has had total gun control
   for years and afterwards broke murder records.

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