Legal guns as a deterrent to violent crime: Harvard Law study and statisticsfrom the FBI, Daily Mail and WashingtonPost.
By Philip Katz, 1/26/13In sum, the data for the decades since the end of World War II also fails to bear out themore guns equal more death mantra. The per capita accumulated stock of guns hasincreased, yet there has been no correspondingly consistent increase in either totalviolence or gun violence. The evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that gunpossession levels have little impact on violence rates.
Contrary to common perceptions, today crime is more widespread in Europe than in theUS, while the opposite was true thirty years ago. In 1970 the aggregate crime rate in theseven European countries we consider was 63% the corresponding US figure, but by2007 it was 85% higher than in the US.
The UK experiences 5 times as many violent crimes as the USA:1) UK has strict gun control laws.UK annual violent crime rate: 2,034 violent crimes/ 100,000 inhabitants
(UKDaily Mail)2) US have about 270,000,000 guns
(WP) in the hands of approximately80,000,000 private citizens.US annual violent crime rate: 386.3 violent crimes
/ 100,000 inhabitants
WOULD BANNING FIREARMS REDUCEMURDER AND SUICIDE?
A REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL ANDSOME DOMESTIC EVIDENCEDON B. KATES* AND GARY MAUSER**http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf
Crime in Europe and in the US: dissecting the “reversal of misfortunes”
Paolo Buonanno, Francesco Drago, Roberto Galbiati, and Giulio Zanella*October 1, 2010 http://www.cepr.org/meets/wkcn/9/979/papers/Buonnano_etal.pdf