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    A simple straight comparison between cultures is difficult.  Suicide for example. about 20,000 people in the US commit suicide each year with handguns (over 50% of suicides are with a firearm). Japan has almost no firearms in civilian hand, yet they have a suicide rate of 22 compared to 12 for America.  UK's Suicide rate, with handguns outlawed, is tied with that of the U.S.

    UK has twice the contact crime victomization rate as the US
    http://t2.gstatic.com/...

    Brazil and Mexico have strict gun control and extreme limits on firearms ownership, yet they have much higher crime and murder rates.

    Switzerland is well armed, and has among the lowest crime rates in Europe or the world.

    Here is an interesting link
    http://www.nationmaster.com/...

    U.S. Assault rate is less than half of the UK
    U.S. Rape rate is less than half of the UK(9 W. European countries have a higher rate than the U.S.)

    Interesting article
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...

    Final thought, we should compare homicide rates, not only homicides commited by firearm.

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