Re: Gun Control & Crime

From: Ian Goddard (
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 19:57:41 MST

At 11:57 AM 03/06/2001 +1100, Damien Broderick wrote:

>What the *hell* are they talking about? People getting rudely jostled in
>queues? Are they counting the huge number of immigrants from brutal wars
>who might claim that in their whole lives they had indeed been `victimized'
>at least once? This might seem inconsistent with:
> >the International Crime
> > Victims Survey notes that overall
> > crime victimization Down Under
> > rose from 27.8 percent of the
> > population in 1988, to 28.6 percent
> > in 1991 to over 30 percent in 1999
>but still that might be some sort of cumulative figure. Now it's true that
>I contributed to one of those data a few years ago when my bike, chained
>outside the local library, was stolen. I never got it back. Very
>irritating. But I ain't never been killed in no drive-by shooting, bro.

  IAN: Guns don't make people do drive-by shootings.
  To a large extent they are a result of disputes over
  illicit-drug sales. I believe the increase in murder
  in the US is more linkable to drug laws than to a
  lack of gun laws, and so the harmful results of one
  prohibition are used to justify another prohibition.

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