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A Different View in Favor of Gun Control

by Pierre Lutgen
Gradué en sciences sociales
lutgenp@gms.lu
Luxembourgl

Dear Eduardo Ferreyra:

I was astonished by the data published on your English site in an article by Gary Mauser.

They conflict with my beliefs. So I retrieved some data I had and searched for more recent data.

And these data don't change my opinion about the United States where Guns, Religion and Retaliation, Death Penalty and Violence ( 2 200 000 inmates), Racism and Imperialism lead to a country which has more and more problems at home and enemies in the world.

Homicides in large capital cities

Per 100 000 inhabitants
(data compiled by Pierre Lutgen in 1999)

Rio de Janeiro:88.9
Washington:69.3
Bogota :64.3
Puerto Rico SJ24.5
Moscow:18.1
Helsinki :12.1
Amsterdam:4.2
Beijing :3.9
Paris:3.3
London:2.1
Vienna:1.8
Rome:1.7
Brussels:0.4

This comes close to data I now find on Internet

(CDC National Center for Health Statistics and Brady Campaign)
In 1998 handguns murdered (suicides excluded):

and 11.789 people in the United States

Canada-US Comparaison

Canada has roughly 1 million handguns while the United States has more than 76 million. While there are other factors affecting murder, suicide and unintentional injury rates, a comparison of data in Canada and the United States suggests that access to handguns may play a role. While the murder rate without guns in the US is roughly equivalent (1.8 times) to that of Canada, the murder rate with handguns is 14.5 times the Canadian rate. The costs of firearms death and injury in the two countries have been compared and estimated to be $495 (US) per resident in the United States compared to $195 per resident in Canada. (www.guncontrol.ca)

The violent crime rate has been steadily declining in Canada over the last two decades, and progressively fewer crimes are being committed with firearms. In 1978, Canada recorded 661 homicides, a rate of 2.76 per 100,000. Of these, 250, or 37.8%, were committed with guns. In 1998, Canada had 555 homicides, a rate of 1.83 per 100,000. Guns were involved in 151 of the homicides, 27% of the total, the lowest proportion since statistics were first collected in 1961. Robberies using firearms accounted for 18% of all such crimes in 1998, down from 25% in 1988 and 37% in 1978.

— The Supreme Court of Canada

GUN RELATED DEATHS AND INJURIES IN SOUTH AFRICA
(www.gca.org.za)