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Old 08-31-2013, 10:49 AM
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Default WOULD BANNING FIREARMS REDUCE MURDER AND SUICIDE? - Harvard Law Study



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You'll be very surprised at their findings.

If you take the time to read you'll clearly see how the band guns crowd attempts to use stats based on the wrong questions to frame the banning argument.

WOULD BANNING FIREARMS REDUCE MURDER AND SUICIDE?

A REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AND SOME DOMESTIC EVIDENCE

Authors: DON B. KATES* AND GARY MAUSER**


http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/...useronline.pdf

"CONCLUSION

This Article has reviewed a significant amount of evidence from a wide variety of international sources. Each individual portion of evidence is subject to cavil—at the very least the general objection that the persuasiveness of social scientific evidence cannot remotely approach the persuasiveness of conclusions in the physical sciences. Nevertheless, the bur‐ den of proof rests on the proponents of the more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death mantra, espe‐ cially since they argue public policy ought to be based on that mantra.149 To bear that burden would at the very least require showing that a large number of nations with more guns have more death and that nations that have imposed stringent gun controls have achieved substantial reductions in criminal violence (or suicide). But those correlations are not observed when a large number of nations are compared across the world.

Over a decade ago, Professor Brandon Centerwall of the Uni‐ versity of Washington undertook an extensive, statistically sophis‐ ticated study comparing areas in the United States and Canada to determine whether Canada’s more restrictive policies had better contained criminal violence. When he published his results it was with the admonition:
If you are surprised by [our] finding[s], so [are we]. [We] did not begin this research with any intent to “exonerate” hand‐ guns, but there it is—a negative finding, to be sure, but a nega‐ tive finding is nevertheless a positive contribution. It directs us where not to aim public health resources.150"
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More legal guns=less crime
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Another thing they failed to take into account was, the education of said countries that allowed firearms was significantly higher than in those countries where uneducated people were basically told how to live day to day.

the RIGHT to own a firearm comes with the RESPONSIBILITY to understand safe firearm use.

This is something we assume here in America but is not assumed or practiced in other less educated countries.
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Nope just as outlawing murder and suicide hasn't stopped it. If you chain everyone to a chair it would probably reduce all crime but at that point who would care.
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Banning them would create a massive black market for firearms. And we all know criminals wouldn't bother turning in those "illegal" guns.
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We only have to look at the UK to see that making it very difficult or impossible for the average person to own firearms does not mean less violence. They just use other methods such as stabbing, beating, 'glassing', throwing acid, & etc. And unarmed gangs perpetrating violence are rapidly replacing the single, armed criminal.
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