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Response to srican69 (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 05:17 PM

24. Where's Brazil?

...which has much lower gun ownership and a lot more gun violence? Or Mexico? Or Russia, Ireland, China, any African or middle eastern nation? Britain isn't even there.

Japan gets brought up a lot in these discussions, but they have the highest suicide rate of any industrial nation. If you eliminate gun suicides (and suicides ruled "accidental" for insurance purposes) the picture changes quite a bit. There's a massive cultural difference, same with Europe, entirely different culture.

This chart also says nothing about overall murder or crime rates, just gun violence.

I'm not arguing we don't have a violence problem in this country or that there's nothing we can do, but this kind of selective data isn't going to sway anyone.

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