HARVARD STUDY: Banning guns DOES NOT stop gun violence
Russian, Finland show highly differential rates in regards to guns, crime
More gun control does not necessarily lead to lower death rates or violent crime. That's the results of a new Harvard Study titled "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?" he study examined figures for "intentional deaths" throughout continental Europe and juxtaposed with U.S. figures.
The rate of gun ownership is 4,000 per 100,000 inhabitants in Russia. The murder rate in Russia was 20.52 per 100,000 in 2002. Few would deny Russian President Vladimir Putin's right to own a gun.
The figures on Eastern European gun ownership and corresponding murder rates clearly show that fewer guns do not mean less death. The rate of gun ownership is 4,000 per 100,000 inhabitants in Russia. The murder rate in Russia was 20.52 per 100,000 in 2002. In Finland, where the rater of gun ownership is exceedingly higher -- 39,000 per 100,000--the murder rate was almost nonexistent at 1.98 per 100,000.
In regards to Western Europe, the study shows that Norway "has far and away Western Europe's highest household gun ownership rate (32 percent), but also its lowest murder rate."
Focusing on intentional deaths by examining U.S. versus Continental Europe, the study found similarly revelatory figures. The U.S., which is so often labeled as the most violent nation in the world by gun control proponents, comes in seventh place behind Russia, Estonia, Lativa, Lithuania, Belarus, and the Ukraine -- in murders. America also only ranks 22nd in suicides.
The murder rate in Russia, where handguns are banned, is 30.6 percent; the rate in the U.S. is 7.8 percent.
The burden of proof, the study concludes, is that it rests on those who claim more guns equal more death and violent crime. Such proponents should "at the very least [be able] to show a large number of nations with more guns have more death and that nations that impose stringent gun controls have achieved substantial reductions in criminal violence (or suicide)."
The study's authors conclude "those correlations are not observed when a large number of nations are compared around the world."
The numbers presented in the study supports the notion that among the nations studied, those with more gun control tend toward higher death rates.
© 2013, Distributed by NEWS CONSORTIUM.
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Politics & Policy News
- Francis, Human Dignity and Culture: Time for a Radical Christian Action Movement
- Obamacare is a success! But not the kind you'll want to celebrate
- New 'Obamacare' health plans may exclude major hospitals
- Marriage Liberation Movement: Global Defense of Marriage in France, China and Around the World
- Principles are expensive: Republican governors missing out on billions in Medicaid funds
- Rush Limbaugh is Wrong, Karen Finney of MSNBC is Nuts: Pope Francis and Capitalism
- NSA REVELATIONS: Ways that would have been previously unimaginable
- Gap between rich and poor: Income gap threatens U.S. 'way of life,' Obama says
- Increasing numbers of young people opposing Obamacare
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?