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Response to redgreenandblue (Reply #24)

Mon Dec 31, 2012, 11:31 AM

32. Some fair points, but...

It's true that it is hard to tell how much the murder or suicide rate would drop with a strong gun control policy, but Vietnam/Iraq still serves as a fair point of comparison for getting a sense of the magnitude of the problem.

And, technically, in order to estimate the actual number of deaths attributable to the war, you'd have to first estimate the fraction of the soldiers that would have been killed anyway by other means had they stayed in the US. You are right that harm done to Vietnamese should be included in the cost of Vietnam. On the other hand, we also have to consider people killed in Mexico and Canada using guns purchased from US gun stores.

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