Guns in Other Countries

Myth: Countries with strict gun control have less crime Fact: In America, we can demonstrate that private ownership of guns reduces crime, but from country to country there is no correlation between gun availability and the violent crime rate. Consider this: Crime Rate High Low Gun Availability High United States Switzerland Low Mexico Japan Or, to use detailed data, we can contrast the per capita homicide rate with the per capita gun ownership rate between different industrialized countries (see graph below). Contrasting the data shows zero correlation between the availability of guns and the overall homicide rate. Fact: Countries with the strictest gun-control laws also tended to have the highest homicide rates. Fact: According to the U.N., as of 2005, Scotland was the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America. Violent crime there has doubled over the last … Continue reading Guns in Other Countries