Your own FBI claims 72% but either way its hardly flattering is it ?75% of murders being by firearm is a slight exaggeration - it is actually 70%, I believe.
I mean unrestricted and unmonitoredNot sure what exactly you mean by "casual access to firearms".
Our gun homicide rate in the UK is roughly on a par with the number killed in lightning strikes each year. Its not exactly something we have to worry aboutThis apparently reduces the number of official "homicides" about 15%, and has a larger impact on gun-related homicide numbers.
The great bulk of your murders are committed by firearms. Take them out of the equation and US overall murder rates would not be much different to that of most other developed countriesEdit: Actually that article makes another point several times - in their opinion, this data does not provide a good picture of things - many other factors are involved in murder rate and such, not simply # of murders compared to # of gun murders, or # of guns available.
And as a consequence of that in Switzerland you are no less than 17 times more likely to be killed by a firearm than in the UKThey mention that Switzerland has quite high access to firearms, as every adult male between 18 and 42 has to have a government-issued firearm in their home.
List of countries by firearm-related death rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
As a consequence in Israel you are nearly 8 times more likely to be killed by a firearm than in the UKIsrael has similar situation - it has much higher gun access rates than it's listed gun ownership rates, because most of the firearms are government-owned, even if they're present in the home of whomever they are issued to.
As linked studies earlier showed. In gun owning US households 43% of keep a firearm unlocked and loaded within the home and 73% of children under 12 know where these firearms are kept so It appears the parents in the OP were not as uniquely irresponsible as they have been painted. The number of school massacres can be put into proper context once you absorb such factsFor example there are probably people in the US with 10s or hundreds of guns they personally own - but they're locked in safes or the like (especially if collectables/antiques, I presume) and far less accessible than, say, a handgun in a bedside table drawer, or whatever.
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To cut a long story short this is a trivial matter, no issues.
Sources used in the video:
Harvard Study: Gun Control Is Counterproductive
Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?
A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence.
Din B. Kates* and Gary Mauser**
The study, which just appeared in Volume 30, Number 2 of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (pp. 649-694), set out to answer the question in its title: "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International and Some Domestic Evidence." Contrary to conventional wisdom, and the sniffs of our more sophisticated and generally anti-gun counterparts across the pond, the answer is "no." And not just no, as in there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, but an emphatic no, showing a negative correlation: as gun ownership increases, murder and suicide decreases.
The findings of two criminologists - Prof. Don Kates and Prof. Gary Mauser - in their exhaustive study of American and European gun laws and violence rates, are telling:
Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population).EDITORIAL: Guns decrease murder rates
In Washington, the best defense is self-defense
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES
More guns in law-abiding hands mean less crime. The District of Columbia proves the point.
Few who lived in Washington during the 1970s can forget the upswing in crime that started right after the ban was originally passed. In the five years before the 1977 ban, the murder rate fell from 37 to 27 murders per 100,000. In the five years after the gun ban went into effect, the murder rate rose back up to 35. One fact is particularly hard to ignore: D.C.'s murder rate fluctuated after 1976 but only once fell below what it was in 1976 before the ban. That aberration happened years later, in 1985.
This correlation between the D.C. gun ban and diminished safety was not a coincidence. Look at the Windy City. Immediately after Chicago banned handguns in 1982, the murder rate, which had been falling almost continually for a decade, started to rise. Chicago's murder rate rose relative to other large cities as well. The phenomenon of higher murder rates after gun bans are passed is not just limited to the United States. Every single time a country has passed a gun ban, its murder rate soared.
- Australia: More Violent Crime Despite Gun Ban
- More children die from accidental drowning’s or burns than from gun accidents.
- UK is violent crime capital of Europe - Telegraph
- The most violent country in Europe: Britain is also worse than South Africa and U.S.
- England's Homicide Rate
- England has worse crime rate than the US, says Civitas study
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