Topper wrote:Canada had a knee jerk reaction to Ecole Polytechnique. The long gun registry.
That turned out well.
Well, I guess it must have. Canada has 0.51 homocides with gun per 100.000 inhabitants, compared to the 2.97 in the USA. Thus the number of homicides by gun per capita is almost six times higher south of the border.
Sweden is pretty similar to Canada, with a 0.41 rate.
Gun ownership is 88.8 guns/100 people in the USA, 30.8 in Canada and 31.6 in Sweden.
As a comparisson, gun ownership is 6.2 guns/100 peope in England & Wales, and they have 0.07 homicides by gun per 100.000 people.....
That must truly be a horrible place to live, eh?
And in all fairness, total homicide rates per 100.000 people, regardless of murder weapon:
So, doing the maths, non-gun homicide rates would be roughly 1.2 for the US, 1.1 for the UK and Canada and 0.6 for Sweden.
Kind of looks like gun homicides are just added on top of other homicides that look to be roughly the same in all four countries (slightly lower in Sweden, but that could be an effect of a smaller population, few big cities, etc).
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog ... world-list
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... icide_rate