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Henry E. Schaffer said: In articles various people say things like: By the way, values of 0.48 and 0.45 are REALLY BAD. and then argue over whether these are or should be publishable, etc. In summary — AARRGH! A correlation, in itself, is neither good/bad nor publishable/unpublishable. One needs to know the “significance level” and/or…

Rick Bressler said: The Netherlands have a homicide rate about double that of the English one, and only half as many guns…. So here we have The Netherlands at about the lowest rate of gun ownership in Europe, and the Swiss with one of the highest and the homicide rates are about equal. We really…

Since guns are very rarely used to defend against rapists, and only a small fraction of rapes are committed at gun point, and there is no good evidence for any deterrent effect for guns preventing rape, I doubt if gun control has a major effect on rape. Eric Johnson said: I assume you mean ‘in…

Effects of gun control in England

I decided to check the claim that crime went up following gun control in England in 1920. I compared the homicide rates for England for the period 1911-1920 with the period 1921-1930 and found that the rate declined by 8%. This change could have been caused by demographic changes that followed from World War I,…

It has been pointed out to me that the 1903 gun law in England was rather weak, and that real gun control started in 1920, so I have added a line to the table below. Second and third columns are homicide rate per 100,000 Year England & Wales USA Ratio Source 1903 0.93 2.6 1/3…

Larry Cipriani said: Well, if we nuke New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Detroit the crime rates in the US will be incredibly low, lower than that of just about every other nation on earth. Not so. I have grouped together Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. (1998 figures) Pop…

Comparing Australia with the US

Gary Strand said: ‘Twould seem that the difference between Australia’s gun laws and the US’ gun laws have no effect on suicide rates, since the numbers are nearly identical. By the same reasoning, you can conclude that Australia’s more restrictive gun laws are the reason for the lower homicide rate in Australia. Actually, I’m working…