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American gun use is out of control. Shouldn’t the world intervene?
Perhaps still upset by the anti-Monarchial outcome of the Revolutionary War, in a breathlessly-sincere royal snit fit, The Guardian Observer’s Henry Porter reveals how deeply alarmed he is about America’s out-of-control “gun” problem, and calls upon civilized world powers to mount an intervention! ‘America, come to your senses, and impose much stricter gun-control measures! ‘ appears to be his prescription. Even though the evidence proves stricter gun control laws don’t work, they don’t reduce murder rates, and in fact may increase violent crime rates–or as Cam Edwards said: “If gun control laws worked, Chicago would be Mayberry“–alas, the former colonists are just a little too wild for Porter’s delicate sensibliites. Using the same misleading statistics all pro-control activists like to repeat, Porter whips up a righteous fury.
Revealingly, Porter’s original article mistakenly said that Edward Kennedy was shot in 1968. This has since been corrected. If this is any indication of the author’s grasp of basic historical facts, the reader will know what to expect. We hope some of his other errors are corrected soon, too.
Example: reference to this study “high gun ownership makes countries less safe, study finds” — but when you get to the conclusion, it weasels out with “Although correlation is not the same as causation, it seems conceivable that abundant gun availability facilitates firearm-related deaths…” (note: studies such as this intentionally make no distinction between homicides and suicides, masking them beneath the singular term “gun deaths’, to enable the less observant reader to more easily conclude that each death represents a violent murder) Perhaps Porter should take note of the more recent Harvard Gun Study, which, like all credible studies on the subject, concludes that Gun Bans Don’t Reduce the Murder Rate.
Researchers looked at crime data from several European countries and found that countries with HIGHER gun ownership often had LOWER murder rates. (yes, we’re talking about murder rates, not “gun deaths”) The study found no evidence to suggest that the availability of guns contributes to higher murder rates anywhere in the world. ”Of course, it may be speculated that murder rates around the world would be higher if guns were more available. But there is simply no evidence to support this.”
Further, the report cited, “the determinants of murder and suicide are basic social, economic, and cultural factors, not the prevalence of some form of deadly mechanism.” (Meaning, it’s not guns that kill people. People kill people.) Legal gun ownership suppresses violent crime. Where legal gun ownership by individuals is not permitted, violent crime is higher. Example: In gun-controlled England, violent crime is three times what it is in the U.S.
Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but its murder rate remains quite high. In fact, the murder rate in Russia is four times higher than in the “gun-ridden” United States, cites the study. ”Homicide results suggest that where guns are scarce other weapons are substituted in killings.” In other words, the elimination of guns does not eliminate murder, and in the case of gun-controlled Russia, murder rates are quite high.
The study revealed several European countries with significant gun ownership, like Norway, Finland, Germany and France – had remarkably low murder rates. Contrast that with Luxembourg, “where handguns are totally banned and ownership of any kind of gun is minimal, had a murder rate nine times higher than Germany in 2002.
- Harvard study shows gun control doesn’t save Lives (itmakessenseblog.com)
- Harvard gun study concludes gun bans don’t reduce the murder rate (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- Harvard gun study concludes gun bans don’t reduce the murder rate (hotair.com)
- Harvard Study Finds Violent Crime Rises As Gun Ownership Falls (personalliberty.com)
- HOLY TOLEDO: Harvard Study Proves That Gun Control Laws Can’t Work, Won’t Work and Have Never Worked (directorblue.blogspot.com)
- HARVARD: Gun Control Does Not Lead to Less Violent Ctime (economicpolicyjournal.com)
- More Guns Equal More Deaths, Study Finds (livescience.com)
- Harvard: Gun Control Does Not Decrease Violent Crime… (breitbart.com)
- The United States must use more than gun control to fight gun violence (o.canada.com)
- American gun use is out of control. Shouldn’t the world intervene? | Henry Porter (theguardian.com)