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Argument: Low homicide and crime rates are not a direct cause of low gun ownership

Extended arguments and supporting evidence

  • Kates and Mauser, “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence”, 2006 – “A second misconception about the relationship between firearms and violence attributes Europe’s generally low homicide rates to stringent gun control. That attribution cannot be accurate for murder in Europe was at an all- time low before the gun controls were introduced. For instance, the only English gun control during the 19th and early 20th Centuries was that police were to patrol without guns. During this period gun control prevailed far less in England or Europe than in certain American states which nevertheless had – and continue to have – murder rates that were and are very high comparatively.”