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Saying “More guns = more gun violence” is not only simplistic but factually incorrect

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Take a look at this graph, which I got from Jack in Amsterdam:

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As you see, simply increasing guns does not increase violence: it goes both ways.

That graph is one of several in a very interesting article in Raw Story.

Just to be explicit: I myself believed and have undoubtedly said that increasing the number of guns in circulation will increase the violence. I tended to look at high-gun-ownership combined with high-gun-violence countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, et al.), but as the chart clearly shows, some countries with relatively high presence of guns have relatively low levels of gun violence. So something else is going on.

OTOH, it seems pretty clear that having more guns in a country whose culture is open to violence is not a good idea. Some countries seem to be able to handle guns, others clearly cannot.

Written by LeisureGuy

26 November 2014 at 2:08 pm

Posted in Guns

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  1. Yeah, that’s sort of what was behind my comment on cultures: if you have a gun-violence-prone culture, more guns does indeed lead to more gun violence/crime. But if you have a culture that has antibodies against that particular meme or meme-cluster, then more guns does NOT lead to more gun violence/crime.

    It seems to be two things: a cultural meme that inclines one toward violence, and availability of guns. If you have the meme, gun violence tracks well with gun availability; if you don’t have that meme (or have memes that inoculate against it), the increasing gun availability doesn’t do much of anything.

    Unfortunately, in the US we have the meme for violence: cf. our peacekeepers (police forces).

    LeisureGuy

    26 November 2014 at 3:35 pm


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