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  •  Last stats I saw, Russia was way the hell (0+ / 0-)

    ahead of everyone in highest gun deaths. Do we surpass in violence?  Source?

    The Russian stats also suggest culture. Organized crime.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 09:20:35 PM PDT

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    •  Gun deaths per capita, I believe, but (0+ / 0-)

      I don't know where to find such stats. I believe they have pretty strict gun control there, as well, but so many post-Cold-War Soviet stockpiles were looted as to make it pointless.

      •  I've been trying to access the Gov ones (1+ / 0-)
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        The pages have been moved and I can't figure out where.
        Isn't that interesting? My mind jumps to the Bush appointees that became civil servants in the last year of his admin. Some day I would like to be less cynical. The last decade has been a repetitive lesson of not being suspicious and cynical enough.

        The gun deaths per capita or per 1000 are the standard metrics. Gun violence includes crimes committed with guns that may or may not include deaths. It is very high here because so many robberies, abductions, drug transactions, etc. include guns.

        Russia's gun control laws, absence of the old west history and poor standard of basic living control the vast majority of citizens from owning guns. That decreases the use for convenience store robberies and other street crime we have here. The organized crime is what sends their deaths so high. Kerry cited the viciousness of their mafia in his '97 book The New War. They probably did the stockpile looting - makes it much easier to control folks if you have guns and they can only get them through you.

        People in Russia drink a lot to self medicate. We can do that and drugs. That, gun violence and interpersonal violence in the more stressed, poverty captives are all amenable to stronger government programs that provide permanent relief and safety nets.

        The gun control debate is as much distraction as abortion, with the critical benefit of maintaining the revenue stream.

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 10:02:55 AM PDT

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