Skip to comments.Gun Laws and Gun Crime
Posted on 07/14/2013 11:33:54 PM PDT by neverdem
Gun control advocates have long promoted a wide range of policies and laws intended to restrict the "right of the people to keep and bear arms." Their arguments follow the direction that while broad, sweeping laws to eliminate private gun ownership and use would be ideal, even small, incremental restrictions on ownership and use (e.g., background checks prior to purchase, gun registries, etc.) would be a clear step in the right direction and would provide measurable reductions in the rate of gun crime. Canada has run the latter experiment, and the results in no way support gun-control efforts.
Before looking at the Canadian data in detail, it is useful to consider the global relationship between the firearm ownership rate and the corresponding homicide rate by firearms, as shown in the chart below using data for 102 nations (including the USA, of course).
There is no significant correlation between the rate of gun ownership and the homicide rate by guns among these countries.
Similarly, we see no significant correlation between the rate of gun ownership and the percentage of homicides by firearm within this group of nations.
Moving back to the Canadian gun control experiment, and as noted in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police 2010 report(PDF) on this topic, "[i]n 1993, the Federal Government indicated its intention to proceed with additional [gun control] measures, including a universal licensing system that would apply to individuals and a universal registration system that would apply to all firearms. Senate approval and Royal Assent for Bill C-68 (An Act Respecting Firearms and Other Weapons to create the Firearms Act) were granted on December 5, 1995."
Key provisions of the Canadian law included the following:
the requirement for licenses in order to possess and acquire firearms and buy ammunition
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Swimming Pool Drownings are more common in States with high Swimming Pool ownership.
Good articles and charts from both of you - bookmarking for the hard data references!
More people freeze to death up north. Death by shark attack is very low in Iowa.
The graphic on black murders vs. white murders fits this article on European murder rates vs. United States:
Yeah, I hear that most people who die in Plane crashes were flying in a Plane.