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  •  That's an assumption (0+ / 0-)

    Not a fact.  In developed countries with stricter firearms laws murder rates are lower.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/...

    RESULTS:

    In simple regressions (no control variables) across 26 high-income nations, there is a strong and statistically significant association between gun availability and homicide rates.
    CONCLUSION:

    Across developed countries, where guns are more available, there are more homicides.

    Also see:

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/...

    4. Across states, more guns = more homicide (2)

    Using survey data on rates of household gun ownership, we examined the association between gun availability and homicide across states, 2001-2003. We found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership had higher rates of firearm homicide and overall homicide.  This relationship held for both genders and all age groups, after accounting for rates of aggravated assault, robbery, unemployment, urbanization, alcohol consumption, and resource deprivation (e.g., poverty). There was no association between gun prevalence and non-firearm homicide.

    Miller, Matthew; Azrael, Deborah; Hemenway, David. State-level homicide victimization rates in the U.S. in relation to survey measures of household firearm ownership, 2001-2003. Social Science and Medicine. 2007; 64:656-64.

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:05:36 AM PST

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