User voted Yes.
7 votes
Jun 7, 2015

Simple argument:
If it's a crime to have a gun, only criminals will have guns.

Detailed argument:

The biggest argument people have is fewer guns, fewer gun crimes. The problem is people ignore the full trend. When guns are unavailable, other weapons are used.
The states with the least restrictive gun laws have the lowest violent crime rates.
There are multiple examples of where violent crime sky rocketed when more restrictions were put on guns. Not just in the US either. Better yet, there's multiple examples of when gun restrictions were lifted, violent crime dropped.

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   In 2004, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences released its evaluation from a review of 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 government publications, and some original empirical research. It failed to identify any gun control that had reduced violent crime, suicide, or gun accidents.
         It's worth noting that the review panel, which was set up during the Clinton
         Administration, was composed almost entirely of scholars who, to the extent
         their views were publicly known before their appointments, favored gun control.

The same conclusion was reached in 2003 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s review of then-extant studies.
(quoted from links below)

How about this:

  • In Europe, Norway has both the highest rate of gun ownership and the lowest homicide rate.
  • Russia managed to greatly eliminate gun ownership, yet it's homicide rate is 4 times that of the U.S. and 20 times that of Norway.
  • Many European nations with high gun ownership have low homicide, including Norway, Finland, France, and Germany
  • Handguns are completely banned in Luxembourg, and gun ownership of any kind is minimal. They have a homicide rate 9 times that of Germany.
Keep in mind, this is homicide overall, not homicide by gun.
But does the weapon matter, or the crime itself?

Harvard did an exhaustive study on gun ownership, gun control laws, and violent crime rates in America and Europe.

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0 votes,
Nov 9, 2015

You miss the point of gun control. Gun control does not aim to reduce violent crime. It aims to decrease the lethality of violent crime. Objectively, this works. England has a far higher violent crime rate compared to the US, yet a far lower murder rate. Killing someone with a gun is incredibly easy. It can be done quickly, repeatedly, and at a distance. You cannot outrun a bullet.

You can however, outrun a person brandishing a knife. And even if they do catch you, knife wounds have a pleasant tendency of missing vital organs, and so stabbings tend not to be as deadly as shootings.

Obviously, this is an invitation to a debate. But I feel morally compelled to warn you, debating with me involves responses usually upwards of 15,000 words from both of us. If you decline, it is without shame, and I completely understand.

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