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Harvard Research Shows ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People’

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September 3, 2013

In an inconvenient truth moment for the anti-gun lobby, Harvard’s Don Kates and Gary Mauser expose the facts behind gun control and violent crime. While not the first time we have discussed this awkward reality, the depth of the academics’ datasets and the findings are unquestionable that there is in fact a “negative correlation” between violence and gun ownership. As they state, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest,” concluding that “The burden of proof rests on the proponents of the more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death mantra, especially since they argue public policy ought to be based on that mantra… But those correlations are not observed when a large number of nations are compared across the world.”

There is in fact a negative correlation…

The same pattern appears when comparisons of violence to gun ownership are made within nations. Indeed, “data on firearms ownership by constabulary area in England,” like datafrom the United States, show “a negative correlation,” that is, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest.”

Many different data sets from various kinds of sources are summarized as follows by the leading text: [T]here is no consistent significant positive association between gun ownership levels and violence rates: across (1) time within the United States, (2) U.S. cities, (3) counties within Illinois, (4) country?sized areas like England, U.S. states, (5) regions of the United States, (6) nations, or (7) population subgroups…

The burden of proof rests on the proponents of the more guns equal more death and fewer guns equal less death mantra, especially since they argue public policy ought to be based on that mantra.

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.

(h/t Jim Quinn and Karl Denninger)

Full Research paper below:

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This article was posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 5:29 am





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