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Old 02-02-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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Fiction wins more arguments than fact, but in case anyone's interested:

I'm comparing 3 things,

1) The richest countries (by GDP per capita),
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...%29_per_capita

2) Compared with a list of countries by firearm-releated deaths,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ted_death_rate

3) as well as overall *intentional* homicide rate (because without guns, people will use knives right?)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._homicide_rate


GDP Rank (per capita) / Country / firearm death rate (per 100,000) / homicide rate (per 100,000)

1. Luxembourg 1.81 / 2.5
2. Qatar 0.18 / 0.9
3. Norway 1.78 / 0.6
4. Switzerland 3.84 / 0.7
5. Australia 1.05 /1.0
6. Denmark 1.45 / 0.9
7. Sweden 1.47 / 1.0
8. Canada 2.13 / 1.6
9. Netherlands 0.46 / 1.1
10. Austria 2.94 / 0.6
11. Singapore 0.24 / 0.3
12. Finland 3.64 / 2.2
13. United States: 10.2 / 4.8

(firearm death & homicide rate don't add up, because firearm deaths aren't always a homicide, evidence may be inconclusive, or different countries have different definitions of homicide.)

Conclusion:
There are a couple correlations I see right away. One is that more guns often correlates with more homicides.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_...ita_by_country

Another correlation is more poverty = more homicides. Compare the USA and Switzerland, or Canada and Austria. USA and Switzerland are the #1 and #2 gun-owning countries in the world, but the USA has nearly 8 times the homicides of Switzerland, despite just 2 times the guns. One big difference? One state doubles their welfare spending, reducing poverty to just 3.8%, while the USA nears 12% poverty.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welfare...ect_on_poverty

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