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Tony Martin, again

60 Minutes (the Australian version) has done a story on the use of deadly force in self-defence. Unfortunately it sufers from the same problem that many of these stories do. Tony Martin (who was convicted of murdering a burglar) gets to present his account of what happened which makes it look like he acted in…

A commenter on my earlier post on John “I hate guns” Howard wondered: “If Latham wins, will the public generally credit this issue?” Some shooters have a plan to try to make it an issue: You Can Send John Howard And Canberra A Message From NSW Shooters Stop victimising sporting shooters Crime control, not gun…

Gun crime in England

John Ray left a rather odd comment to my post about the continuing decrease in violent crime in England. He stated that police figures for gun crimes will be more accurate than survey figures. His statement is probably true (gun crime in England is too rare to be well measured by a survey), but not…

The latest crime statistics for England and Wales have been released. Sharon Howard has a good round-up of reactions to the statistics: What’s happening here is that the British Crime Survey is suddenly being discounted by Tory politicians because it’s showing falling crime levels (and, indeed, has been since the mid-1990s), whereas the police statistics…

Kellermann’s studies on guns frequently get criticized by people who do not seem to have read them. The latest to do so is Michael Krauss, who writes Notwithstanding all this data, the press gave extraordinary publicity to a 1993 article by one Arthur Kellerman in the New England Journal of Medicine. Kellerman’s “study” concluded that…

On Gun Control

Matthew Yglesias and Mark Kleiman have both written about the Assault Weapons Ban. I agree with Yglesias that the ban doesn’t make sense since it bans weapons by name rather than by some characteristic that makes them dangerous. I’ve criticized the ban in Australia on semi-automatic long guns, but at least that was based on…

Gullible Gunners, episode IV

I’ve been having a discussion with Kevin Baker about his claim that self-defence in the UK is practically illegal. The discussion started when Carl Lindsay was convicted of manslaughter after killing an intruder who was trying to rob him. I wrote: Pro-gunners such as John Lott, Glenn Reynolds and John Derbyshire have written about the…

The bogus stats keep coming

After reviving my first ever online post. I’ve dug up my first ever post on guns. Phil Ronzone posted this to soc.culture.australian: Of even more interest is the TREMENDOUSLY larger per capita rape numbers in the “non-violent peace loving” European counties. The Unites States at 26.30 is below such countries as Australia (90.82), West Germany…

Soon on gun control in Australia

Jason Soon has a series of posts on gun control in Australia here, here and here. I felt that the laws here before 1996 were about right and I do not think that the 1996 laws were a good idea. The 1996 gun buyback involved replacing semi-automatic long guns with ones that weren’t semi-autos. For…

Gullible Gunners, part 3

Back in March I wrote about the way pro-gun bloggers leapt to the conclusion that self-defence in the UK was illegal, based on story about a man who defended himself against some robbers with a sword, killed one and ended up being jailed for eight years. Unfortunately, the story left out the fact that the…