OT: Americans love their guns

yaipa h. yaipa at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 10 09:54:26 CEST 2003


Some how I get this feeling this is secretly YOUR plan to 
re-acquire the United States... Sometime after national 
"Jones Town Day in May." ;^)



Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters <mertz at gnosis.cx> wrote in message news:<mailman.1062872349.11430.python-list at python.org>...
> Steve Lamb <grey at despair.dmiyu.org> wrote previously:
> |If guns were such a overriding factor why is it the UK has as high
> |if not higher rate of gun related violence than the US?
> I guess the answer is that this belief is absurdly far from the truth,
> so it probably cannot be "explained" in that sense.
> The USA gun fatality rate is about 10.4 per 100k.  The UK has a rate
> considerably below 1 per 100k.  It's true, however, that Guy Ritchie
> made some violent films about brits, so maybe that's where the imagined
> rates come from.
> For US rate, see:
>     http://webapp.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/mortrate10.html
> I nice comparison of various countries is at:
>     http://www.dvc.org.uk/~johnny/dunblane/homemain.pdf
> In particular, look at the chart on p.4.  Somewhat of an anomoly is that
> Switzerland, which has nearly half the gun ownership rate of USA has
> less than 1/4 the gun homicide rate (still, the Swiss with their lots
> more guns than UK, thereby have lots more murders than UK).  New Zealand
> and Australia are lower in both rates, but the proportions are even more
> skewed.
> So while the mere correlation between gun ownership and gun violence is
> not perfect, all those countries with vastly lower gun ownership rates
> have vastly lower homicide rates.
> Yours, Lulu...

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