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Response to redgreenandblue (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 10:43 AM

19. I do love that chart

The US is an outlier on both tails of that regression, you'll notice (re-do it without the US there and the best-fit line is actually well below Switzerland's data point -- it's important to remember with regressions that the line is created by the data points, not the other way around).

Interesting questions that come out of that are:
1. Why do we have more guns per 100 people than any other country, by far?
2. Why do we have so much more violence than our level of gun ownership suggests we should (eyeballing it, we and Canada are well over one sigma; only Argentina has a bigger variance)?
3. What policies can lower our rate of gun ownership? (before you suggest a prohibition regime, note that we have a higher rate of marijuana use than the Netherlands)
4. What policies can bring our gun violence rate down closer to the line suggested by the linear regression with other countries?

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