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Response to Dog Gone at Penigma (Reply #64)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 08:04 AM

68. They have grossly exagerated the costs to society.

Like all such articles it assumes that guns are purely cost with no benefits. When a Defensive Gun Use stops a crime, that is a benefit. However, such benefits are extremely difficult to calculate, but they are real.

$5 million per gun homicide? Sorry, but that is waaaay too high. Over 50% of homicide victims are themselves part of the violent criminal sub-culture. Their "lost work" is criminal activity that doesn't happen. $3 million in "pain & suffering & lost quality of life" for a dead felon? What about the savings of that same thing from his furture victims who are then saved from being his victims?

Even if it is an honest citizen that is murdered, they must only be caluclating the cost of 1%ers being murdered.

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In Baltimore, during the last year, 91% of murder victims were themselves criminals.

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"The group compiled statistics on victims' criminal histories for the first time and found that 77% of homicide victims in the past two years had an average of nearly 12 arrests."


I think the CDC should recalculate. It isn't an economic loss to society when a thug with 12 arrests in two years gets killed. It is a large money savings.

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