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40 Responses to Contact

  1. Marcus Andre says:

    What is being done about the Lautenberg act as of now?

  2. Stranger says:

    Unfortunately, no bill to repeal or modify Lautenberg has shown up, and probably will not until we can remove some of those roadblocks with the [D] after their name.


  3. Benning says:

    Do you have UK murder rates from 1900 forward? Would be great to see their murder rate thru the 20th century compared to the step by step gun control measures – I have seen it described, but would like to see the yearly numbers.

    Have you compared Canadian big city violent crime and murder rates to US big cities?

    I need a very succinct short article/info comparing Canada to the US to counter the typical “look at Canada and their low crime and murder rates and low gun ownership, etc”


  4. Benning says:

    Sorry – In my earlier post, I should have wrote actually numbers of murders per year, instead of yearly “murder rate” for the UK!

  5. Stranger says:

    Thanks for the shout, Benning. I will gladly give you what I have.

    In 1900 the estimated 38,000,000 UK residents, including Ireland, logged 346 murders for a murder rate of 0.9 per 100,000 population, and the rate varied only a tenth of a percent or so until 1919, and the imposition of the UK’s handgun ban.

    For other types of crime, , an victimization count for the UK from 1900 to 1919 seems to be a matter of searching through a large antique book store, or possibly the British Museum, for some title that has a few years of crime and murder data. “Data” from the 1920’s is more available but I have very little data from 1939 to 1948; and of course post 1968 we do not have a body count but a conviction count. None of which seems to fit your needs.

    On Canada, I have posted a graphic with links comparing Canada’s 2013 crime rates with links to the source files here.


    Older data, particularly pre-internet data,has been a matter of luck for me. Apparently librarians do not have shelf space or hard drive space for out of date crime stats.

  6. Benning says:

    Thanks Stranger.

    I saw actual numbers of London murders since 1900 once, but lost the source (no idea if they were accurate). According to Glenn Beck, there were something like 2 or 3 total murders in London in one of those years, when UK had virtually no gun control.

    Regarding Canada vs US murders, can you explain further the demographic differences? Many people who are doubtful will ask that.

    Also, could you elaborate on this:

    “And, were it not for elevated homicide rates in jurisdictions with severely restrictive gun laws, the United States murder rate would also be much lower than Canada’s.”

    Either by the numbers of top ranked cities with worst crime or specific cities, what percent or number of the top ranked cities with most crime or which specific US cities would we remove to show that outside those cities, the US murder rate is lower than Canada’s?

    I have seen some descriptions of the big Canadian crime rates are much higher than comparable US cities near the border. Seattle and Vancouver being one comparison, can’t remember which was compared to Toronto.

    Thanks for your help!

  7. Stranger says:

    Hi, Benning

    As I noted earlier today, when you compare any two jurisdictions in any depth, you must take a great many social and e economic factors into account. In particular, when you look at US statistics, yo must keep in mind that our violent crime rates are multiplied by the presence of a major minority group that is far more violent than any other group.

    Unless you account for that, our murder rate is almost double what it would be if that minority were not present. So you must “normalize” the demographic groups so you are talking about similar populations, with similar economic expectations, and so on. Unless you do that, you cannot make a scientifically valid comparison.

    When I compare Canadian and U.S. Crime rates from official sources, the underlying assumption is that the U.S. rates are this low, despite this comparatively violent minority. Of course, comparative is a relative term, as I pointed out earlier today. Of course, if the United States did not have that minority, our crime rates would be much lower. Among the lowest in the world, in fact.

    And that fact follows from the fact that in most jurisdictions a citizen of good character can purchase a defensive weapon over the counter, and either carry it without a permit or obtain a permit to carry. States that restrict that right have higher violence rates. How much more violence depends on demographics and economics.

    The moderating factor in American, and every other country’s, violent crime rates is the ability of a major component of the population’s ability to defend itself against criminal aggression. More guns equal less crime. Those jurisdictions with restrictive gun laws have higher crime rates than those with similar demographics but less restrictive gun laws.


    For an example, Maryland passed a restrictive gun law in 2013, it was upheld by the courts, and now Baltimore is reaping the benefits in the coin of much higher murder and violent crime rates. As every other city in Maryland, although that is not noticeable in a municipality that has a murder a century.

  8. Benning says:

    Thank you Stranger. That helps. The factor of the minority group and murder/violent off the charts is something that the left completely ignores, can’t be discussed, etc. It’s shocking when you see the numbers. Think of what could have been done, to begin to fix this, with our current President. Alas, that side of the issue appears to be content to let the carnage continue.

  9. Sucrose says:

    I really appreciated your “Accidental Gun Deaths vs. Self Defense” (36810) article! I’m curious about your data, though – per the FBI, justifiable homicides in 2010 by firearms was 401. (Yeah, *technically* that puts it lower than accidental deaths, but obviously not all gun defense is going to end in homicide). I still think this makes a solid argument in favor of retaining the right to gun ownership! But I do think that your numbers in that article are off, at least on that one bit.

    Anyway, here’s the FBI report I took it from, right off

    Again, I still think this points to guns improving safety; I hope you’ll update the numbers on your article to reflect the actual FBI data from their report, though; we need our numbers to be accurate to be taken seriously, even if they aren’t quite as bright (in one small area) as they first seemed. Like I said, that’s still going to indicate that guns have been used more in defense than were causing accidental death.

  10. Stranger says:

    Thanks for the question; It takes my mind of puzzling data out of a spreadsheet 187 cells wide and more than 1,000 cells vertically.

    But there is really no big secret about how we get our self defense numbers. Take the number of homicides, subtract the number of police killings, the number of justifiable homicides, and the number of homicides that were declared justifiable in a success years for the last three years; and then had all the data over to a young lady who does something called Bayesian Analysis to it.

    After a few days I get the maximum and minimum number of self defense homicides. And if I can find the right notebook, I will post a range of numbers and if not a number that is the mean of the high and low numbers.

    So sometimes you will see a post with “approximately 1500 self defense homicides, and sometimes you will get a midrange number.


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