Needs Debunking: More Guns = More Crime

deirdre

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re; el presidente:

just saying
 

Pete Tar

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This study might be a little old.

If having guns = possibility for accidental shootings, then guns don't make people safer by definition.
However, there are no sources for the figures in this article.
 
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Balance

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Sorry bit off-topic, I had to share this for those that haven't seen it (it appeals to my brit sense of humour)

Of course guns are unsafe for children to handle
Not just children.

There's an old wise saying "Pride before a fall" aka The Tao.
Just before this highly-trained adult boasts to a class of schoolchildren "I'm the only one in the room professional enough..." bang, shoot self in leg!
 

Pete Tar

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Found some stats on accidents, arranged into handy little graphs.
So, I dunno, don't look real safe ta me.
But I guess this is about crime, not safety? I had in my head that the claim was more guns = more safety, but noticed the title is more guns = more crime.
So I guess these figures are off-topic.
 

Gary Cook

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The media has to apply for a broadcast license. Without a license it is illegal and you face potential VIOLENCE. That is asking permission and being subject to the rules of the state. So regardless of anything else there is at least some valid claim that media is government influenced heavily.

Although I dont even think this is the best argument against gun-control but that is a story for another thread, if any.

"Liberterian". Try not to argue with people of this forum dude. I know you are just trying to raise awareness about state violence but there are better arguments than this that cant be made on a debunking forum as there is nothing to debunk in that they are axioms.

I have my own moral questions about it myself but people here are here to debate hard science mostly like chemistry and maths, not generally political science and government violence. I had to learn that the hard way so just saying you time.
 

Bill

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Seriously...you chose the day of the second tragic shooting in Foot Hood, Texas,
to try to persuade folks that lots of guns make us safer, and Texas is our model. Wow!
While the Fort Hood incident may be tragic it is irrelevant to the original post. The topic is not guns make us safer. It is about the relationship between the availability of guns to the general public and the crime rate. There are always going to be firearms available on military bases.
 

Gary Cook

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While the Fort Hood incident may be tragic it is irrelevant to the original post. The topic is not guns make us safer. It is about the relationship between the availability of guns to the general public and the crime rate. There are always going to be firearms available on military bases.

Will there always be military bases? I hope not.
 

derwoodii

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Work through this link site if you wish http://www.gunpolicy.org/
Down under in OZ tighter controls = less guns less crime & less gun deaths its a nicer place to live.
I own reload and shoot often (target only) but I'm more the happier with OZ tight controls. Sure its not perfect but for me its the best balance of my rights vs responsibility.

To add i have no quarrel with those who think otherwise and often envy US laws of ownership but truly dont want or need CCW semi auto hicap mags at home.
 

Gary Cook

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Work through this link site if you wish http://www.gunpolicy.org/
Down under in OZ tighter controls = less guns less crime & less gun deaths its a nicer place to live.
I own reload and shoot often (target only) but I'm more the happier with OZ tight controls. Sure its not perfect but for me its the best balance of my rights vs responsibility.

To add i have no quarrel with those who think otherwise and often envy US laws of ownership but truly dont want or need CCW semi auto hicap mags at home.

What do you call high-capacity? How many rounds?

nicer place to live.
Do I need to provide evidence or is it obvious that is just anecdotal and some people would disagree?
 

Gary Cook

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An established military has been around in one form or another for as long as there have been civilizations. I wouldn't look for it to disappear anytime soon.

Sorry I was a bit harsh. Your main point was about the thread and how it has digressed. Although some people campaign to end military bases, as such, would be offended by that presumption.
 

derwoodii

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What do you call high-capacity? How many rounds?

I subscribe to Bill Ruger's views 10 rounds more than enuff and predominantly down here the gubberment say thats mag cap limit as well. You could get hicap mag 20 or 30 in few states but why bother as semi auto almost beyond legal ownership you need strong justifiable reasons.
 

Gary Cook

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I subscribe to Bill Ruger's views 10 rounds more than enuff and predominantly down here the gubberment say thats mag cap limit as well. You could get hicap mag 20 or 30 in few states but why bother as semi auto almost beyond legal ownership you need strong justifiable reasons.

Ok I was just seeing if your view matched the governments and it does. Its not for me to argue an opinion.
 

Bill

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Sorry I was a bit harsh. Your main point was about the thread and how it has digressed. Although some people campaign to end military bases, as such, would be offended by that presumption.
I pointed it out because people frequently try to swing this type of discussion from crime statistics to the more emotional and unrelated topic of safety. It makes sense that having fewer firearms in the environment would increase safety but the same argument could be made for automobiles, power tools, liquor stores and a number of other topics. I have never understood how a death from a firearm is somehow more tragic and worthy of discussion that a death in an auto accident.
 

Gary Cook

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I pointed it out because people frequently try to swing this type of discussion from crime statistics to the more emotional and unrelated topic of safety. It makes sense that having fewer firearms in the environment would increase safety but the same argument could be made for automobiles, power tools, liquor stores and a number of other topics. I have never understood how a death from a firearm is somehow more tragic and worthy of discussion that a death in an auto accident.

I concur 100%. =)
 

Melbury's Brick

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OK :)

To get state sponsored media claiming that we are made more safe by gun control laws, I'll just start with the really easy one, CNN.

Just last week Piers Morgan signed off on his last show indicating that advocating gun control has been a ""consistent and often very controversial" part of "Piers Morgan Live." You can take it from Piers, he's not lying about beating that drum.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainmen...off-cnn-show-with-final-plea-for-gun-control/

In his closing diatribe, Morgan pulled on our heartstrings with this quote:

“I assumed that after 70 people were shot in a movie theater and then, just a few months later, 20 first-graders were murdered with an assault rifle in an elementary school, the absurd gun laws in this country would change,” he said. “But nothing has happened. The gun lobby in America, led by the NRA, has bullied this nation’s politicians into cowardly, supine silence. Even when 20 young children are blown away in their classrooms. This is a shameful situation that has made me very angry.”

He then asked the public to do its part to spur change.

“It’s your country; these are your gun laws,” he said. “And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry: Enough!”

Since Morgan took the opportunity to trade on the death of school children, I think we should try to step back and focus on statistical result of his own country's knee-jerk reaction to a similar incident.
The result of the gun ban was a doubling of gun crime six and a half years after the ban took effect.
The Dunblane reporting highlights the underlying issue, which is that the majority of gun crime is committed by gangs. By disarming the general populace, the British authorities gave violent gangs a monopoly on gun violence and they used it.

Here is a Youtube video that someone did showing these two Dunblane links while Bob Costas calls for gun control after that football player's murder fiasco. Sorry for the cheesy music. I shouldn't even need to prove that big media is calling for gun control. We all know this is happening. So can we agree that both big government and big media are calling for gun control? We can then move on to thoroughly debunking the notion that it makes us safer.


Firstly, PLEASE don't send Piers Morgan back.
Secondly, I think this is impossible to "debunk"....................

Your piece from the Daily Telegraph is from 2003.
This is more recent.........
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/17/world/europe/dunblane-lessons/

The point re Britain's non gun culture is relevant because in reality the legislation made next to no difference to the average Joe in a country that had only a tiny amount of firearms anyway. I have never even handled a real gun (not in England at least), I don't know of any of my acquaintances who have ever owned one, I wouldn't know where to buy one, and I have only ever seen them carried in public by police officers in airports. Point is this is how it was before and after the 1997 handgun ban. Most Brits seem happy with this arrangement in my experience.

In short, it's impossible to compare the figures from different nations because there are too many conflicting factors. (Geography for one. It's much easier to bring illegal weapons across land borders than on to an island.)

It does seem logical that less guns = less gun crime because there would be less guns to fall into the hands of criminals but for a ban to achieve this in the USA would take many, many years as the weapons gradually stopped filtering through.

Would a firearm ban reduce gun crime in the USA? In my opinion the only way to find out would be to "suck it and see". That will never happen.
 

Libertarian

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So, I dunno, don't look real safe ta me.
But I guess this is about crime, not safety? I had in my head that the claim was more guns = more safety, but noticed the title is more guns = more crime.
So I guess these figures are off-topic.
Comparing homes with firearms against homes without re: accidents is a red herring. This would be like comparing homes with cars against homes that use public transportation and arguing that we shouldn't have cars.

Gun crime specifically is argued by politicians and the media as being something that can be solved with gun control laws. And the opposite is true. Both with respect to gun crime and especially with respect to violent crime. Specifically the myth that more guns equates to more crime in society is the myth that I am focused on debunking. Because politicians and the media are doing us a dis-service by spreading bunk in this regard.

The Zero Hedge infographic that I lead with
 
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Soulfly

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@Libertarian The only thing you have shown is that crime has fallen while gun sales have risen. It doesn't prove that gun sales are the reason for decrease in crime, it only shows a correlation. One could argue that new stricter laws like 3 strikes are the cause for the reduction in crime. Again it would just be a correlation, but one could argue it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-strikes_law#Effects_in_California
 

Libertarian

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The only thing you have shown is that crime has fallen while gun sales have risen. It doesn't prove that gun sales are the reason for decrease in crime, it only shows a correlation.
While this might be true, the opposite is also true regarding the myth that more guns = more crime. We can argue both that a correlation would not necessarily prove that gun sales are a reason for an increase in crime, if there was one...but that in addition to that, there has been a dramatic decrease in crime. So either they are not correlated and more guns does not equate to more crime, or they are correlated, and more guns most definately does not equate to more crime. So in either case the myth that more guns = more crime is debunked.
 

Soulfly

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While this might be true, the opposite is also true regarding the myth that more guns = more crime. We can argue both that a correlation would not necessarily prove that gun sales are a reason for an increase in crime, if there was one...but that in addition to that, there has been a dramatic decrease in crime. So either they are not correlated and more guns does not equate to more crime, or they are correlated, and more guns most definately does not equate to more crime. So in either case the myth that more guns = more crime is debunked.
What is the reason for less crime then?
 

Soulfly

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Seems gun ownership is on a 4 decade decline.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/us/rate-of-gun-ownership-is-down-survey-shows.html?_r=0
More gun sales doesn't necessarily translate into more people own guns.
 

WeedWhacker

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Having read through this, seems it (the OP) was a screed against regulations of guns? (With the red herring as suggested by OP).

Surely any rational gun enthusiast and member of the various hunting/sporting enthusiasts sites cannot be opposed to sane and logical restrictions on certain types of firearms??

Instead, we see the NRA and Wayne LaPierre come out (along with many others from the far right of the American political spectrum), shooting from the hip (yes, intended) at everything they "perceive" (incorrectly) as an attempt to "Turk away yer guns!!". And, incorrectly spewing the "2nd Amendment" to boot.


 

Mick West

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@Libertarian, I'm still not clear what you are debunking here. It seems like you are creating a bit of a straw man. You need to debunk actual specific claims, not your personal interpretation of what you feel gun control advocates think.

Who makes the claim that more guns = more crime? What's the exact claim? Where do they make this claim? What evidence do they use? What are their figures?
 

Soulfly

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Some figures on the number of guns taken off the streets in the past couple of decades would be useful I think.
 

deirdre

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So in either case the myth that more guns = more crime is debunked.
no. you cant ignore other causative possibilities and say it is debunked.

but mick is right. your OP says 'violent crime'. then you post links that deal with just murder/suicide. (vs. all violent crime). and then you say more guns=more crime is debunked.

theres a big difference between crime, violent crime, suicide. that's the main problem when anyone tries to argue or debunk this topic. pick a claim and stick to it.
 

SR1419

Senior Member.

Sorry that is just not accurate representation of the facts as reported in the article you linked.

The government was negotiating help of the NFL to promote the new health care policy...its was the NFL's sponsorship of the ACA- not the government sponsoring the NFL.

Never mind that the NFL declined to participate:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...-president-obama-republicans-attacks/2506633/

You do seem to use semantics and misleading questions in attempts veil your agenda.
 

Libertarian

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The meat of this one is that more guns do not equal more crime. As Pete suggested, I have withdrawn the notion of state sponsored media because it is too muddy.

But that more guns do not equal more crime is abundantly easy to prove. It is obvious in seeing that as guns have increased, crime has not. Crime has decreased. So while I can not prove that more guns equal less crime, I have already proved that more guns do not equal more of it.

Premise from OP: More Guns = More Crime

Fact: There are more guns.
Fact: There is less crime.

Thus More Guns =/= More Crime

The Premise from the OP is errant. It is a myth. There is no causal link between lots of guns and lots of crime. In fact there is strong evidence of a causal link between more guns in the hands of citizens and less crime. But it is plausible that the less crime could also be caused by other things or a combination of them, i.e. as the removal of lead from gasoline in the 1990s, for example.

The government and media need to stop hyping the notion that guns cause crime. Because it obviously is not true. They certainly cause deadly accidents when left in the hands of children. But the same is true of vehicles.
 
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Libertarian

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but mick is right. your OP says 'violent crime'. then you post links that deal with just murder/suicide. (vs. all violent crime). and then you say more guns=more crime is debunked.
The Harvard study dealt with both suicide and violent crime. With respect to violent crime, they found that nations that have more guns tend to have less murder (a violent crime).

With respect to murder, the study concluded that Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population).

For example, Norway has the highest rate of gun ownership in Western Europe, and also has the lowest murder rate. Holland's murder rate, on the other hand, is nearly the worst, despite having the lowest gun ownership rate in Western Europe. Sweden and Denmark are two other examples of nations with high murder rates and few guns.

To quote the report:
 

deirdre

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The Harvard study dealt with both suicide and violent crime. With respect to violent crime, they found that nations that have more guns tend to have less murder (a violent crime).
in crime stats murder is murder and violent crime is murder, (usually suicide included), aggravated assault, rape, and maybe armed robbery...not sure about he armed robbery.

I'm fine just sticking to gun deaths. vs. 'violent crime' but are we taking suicides out? or are we counting them?
 

deirdre

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and whats that country with the armed militia...where everyone has an assault weapon? I heard yesterday they had the highest murder rates per capita but I cant look it up cause I cant remember the country. ; /
 
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