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May 15, 2010

"Heller, McDonald and Murder: Testing the More Guns, More Murder Thesis"

The title of this post is the title of this piece on SSRN that is especially timely while we all await the Supreme Court's next ruling in the Second Amendment.  Here is the abstract:

We examine several aspects of the more guns, more murder hypothesis.  We find that ordinary people typically do not kill in a moment of rage, so that preventing them from owning guns will not save lives.  Societies without guns are not typically peaceful and safe.  Historically, more guns are associated with less murder.  Modern Europe nations with very high gun ownership rates have much lower murder rates than low gun ownership nations.  In the United States: the colonial period of universal gun ownership saw few murders and few of those were gun murders. More guns do not mean more murder.

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Impressive Post ! I like your thesis "Testing the More Guns, More Murder Thesis". According to me, Most of the ordinary people kept gun only for their security else they never use them . So We can't comapre guns with murders.

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