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Response to ehrenfeucht games (Reply #65)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:54 AM

66. No, because this is again an incorrect way to argue with statistics.

Sandy Hook is one incident, which is a quite untypical one and not examplary for the gun problem and/or violence problem in the US. If Sandy Hook where the only incident surrounding guns that happened in all of 2012, it would be quite correct to state that a drastic measure which affects the entire country is probably misdirected.

The USA had a homicide rate of 4.8 per 100.000 in 2010 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States , which is low compared to Russia but high compared to Germany or the Netherlands.
If there is a single drastic measure that can be taken to lower our rate to that of Germany or the Netherlands, it should be considered. That does not mean another Sandy Hook cannot happen. Nothing can ensure that.

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Something that might bring our homicide rate down is a combination of better education, better mental health programs, closing the social gap, ending the drug war and, yes, tighter gun laws.

But to suggest that unrealistic things such as making all gun posession illegal is going to be a cure-all, and smearing law abiding citizens by publishing "lists" online, is not helpful.

Norway is doing everything right, but that didn't stop Breivik.

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