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Joyce Lee Malcolm’s article in Reason online is here In that article she claims that “And in the four years from 1997 to 2001, the rate of violent crime [in England] more than doubled.” and asserts that this increase was caused by British gun control. It took me less than five minutes to find the…

Eugene Volokh writes: Martin Killias’s “International Correlations Between Gun Ownership and Rates of Homicide and Suicide,” 148 Can. Med. Assoc. J. 1721, 1723-24 (1993), purported to show that “the proportions and the rates of homicide and suicide committed with a gun as well as the overall rates committed by any means were related to the…

Miron’s cross-country analysis

Mary Rosh writes: If you want a good study that doesn’t cherry pick data the way Lambert likes to do, The cherry-picking is Shawn’s. How come you’re not objecting to his Vermont vs DC comparison? read the study by Jeff Miron entitled “Violence, Guns, and Drugs: A Cross-Country Analysis” Miron’s work is the most comprehensive…

Dan Z wrote: Yeah, that’s really odd. According to figures published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, in 1994, Northern Ireland had an adjusted homicide rate of 5.85 and Scotland was 2.24. It looks to me like the rate for Northern Ireland is greater What does “adjusted” mean here? RD Thompson writes: They removed all…

Gun Control Advocates Purvey Deadly Myths Wall Street Journal, 11 Nov. 1998 By John R. Lott JR. The U.S. has a high murder rate because Americans own so many guns. There is no international evidence backing this up. The Swiss, New Zealanders and Finns all own guns as frequently as Americans, yet in 1995 Switzerland…

” THE ‘PSYCHIC COST’ OF HOLIDAY GIFT-GIVING” By Dr. Paul Gallant and David Kopel The approach of the holiday season brings a perennial problem: what to give the relative or good friend who already has a VCR? For many American gift-givers the answer has often been a high-quality firearm. Perhaps that long-admired hunting rifle, for…

Killias vs Kleck

Paul Blackman wrote: “Just a reminder that Pim’s reliance upon Killias for showing a relationship between gun ownership and homicide is undermined by Kleck’s critique of Killias for some deliberate distortions of data, inappropriate exclusions of some countries versus others, etc. Pim doesn’t accept Kleck’s refutation, and it seems pointless to recount it, but Kleck…

Scott Marshall writes: Comparison of Murder Rate per 100,000 in Capital Cities Amsterdam – 38 I don’t think so. Amsterdam has a population of 713,000, so this is 270 murders. If you look here you will discover that in the Netherlands there were only 228 homicides committed in 1990. Needless to say, it is impossible…

Peter H. Proctor writes: If memory serves, roughly half of all murders in the US are committed by blacks ( usually against other blacks ), who represent about 14% of the US population. If memory serves, if you discount this one population, the murder rate in the US is below some European countries. This is…

English homicide rates 1857-1993

Jim Zoes was kind enough to send me the data on English homicide rates that he obtained from the Home Office. I’ve typed it in and included it at the end of this message. The numbers are certainly higher than those recorded in the WHO Statistical Yearbook. I’ll try to find out why, but for…