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Swiss gun ownership rates

Steve Kao said: Perhaps someone from Switzerland can enlighten us. Are not all males between the ages of 18 and 55 issued rifles? No. All male Swiss citizens between 20 and 50 who are in the army are issued rifles. Roughly 15% of Swiss residents are not citizens, and 20% of the citizens called up…

C. D. Tavares said: Hey, Tim — perhaps you can compare the ten largest US cities — the places where the vast majority of US violent crime occurs — with third world nations, and then enumerate for us the sociological factors for which there is a tinker’s damn worth of difference between the two. If…

Handgun ownership rates across the world

Nosy said: Perhaps Lambert can explain why the US murder RATE in which feet and/or fists were used as weapons is higher than the Canadian or UK murder rate with the same weapons. Are feet and/or fists more “readily available” in the United States than in Canada or the UK? Why Nosy, didn’t you know…

Switzerland, Mexico and the US

Peter K. Boucher said: We have higher homicide rates than many nations, but guns aren’t the cause of it. In any case, this kind of comparison can be used by both sides (Mexico has stricter gun control and more homicide, while Switzerland has more gun owners and less homicide), but it remains IRRELEVANT. Progunners have…

If you want to consider population density, Alaska has a density 7 times that of Yukon. This is a rather enormous difference. Andy Freeman said: But, is it a significant one? The relative size of the empty spaces probably doesn’t matter much, except when it comes to computing average population density, because we really can…

Andy Freeman said: Since Alaska is significantly larger, that factor of 20 is not particularly relevant. If you want to consider population density, Alaska has a density 7 times that of Yukon. This is a rather enormous difference. Furthermore, gun availability may well be HIGHER in the Yukon. (Centerwall does not have any data on…

Dean Payne said: Centerwall made his comparisons with and without the major (pop. > 1M) metropolitan areas. With these areas, I get the same numbers you list. Without, I get 3.1 for Canadian provinces, and 3.7 for the US states. I get the same numbers. Here are the homicide rates, inside and outside major metropolitan…

(BTW: I find your claim that “the difference in the murder rates is explained by the different racial fractions in each city” rather strange, when Centerwall has shown that when household crowding is controlled for, black and white domestic homicide rates in Atlanta are the same.) C. D. Tavares said: Huh? ‘Scuse me, which one…

Andy Freeman said: the murder rate is HIGHER in comparable regions of Canada than it is in the US. See Centerwall’s paper in the Dec 91 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. Seattle and Vancouver ARE apples and oranges. The difference in murder rates is explained by the different racial fractions in each city.…

The Terminator said: Excluding the United States and Switzerland would make this worse. Further, do you have any justification for excluding them? Eliminating data points, simply because they don’t “fit” isn’t very good methodology. Because with least squares estimation, outlying values bias the results. In this case they make the correlation higher, giving a value…