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  •  Interesting idea (4+ / 0-)
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    do you have any basis in fact for it? Because when I look at guns per capita numbers, they seem to be largely educated guesses, some with a significant margin of error. And it doesn't seem as if many nations if any have a number that approaches ours.

    Wiki's top 10, with the guns per capita and rank.

    United States     94.3     1    
     Serbia     58.2     2     [5]
     Yemen     54.8     3    
      Switzerland     45.7     4    
     Finland     45.3     5     32[6]
     Cyprus     36.1     6    
     Saudi Arabia     35     7    
     Iraq     34.2     8    
     Uruguay     31.8     9    
     Sweden     31.6     10

    A list of things that kill people: 1. Conceivably anything. 2. Not guns. -- this message brought to you by the Night Vale chapter of the N.R.A.

    by tytalus on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:38:31 AM PDT

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    •  Perhaps I'm wrong about that. (2+ / 0-)
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      Those numbers do surprise me; I didn't realize we were so far ahead.  I wonder how the number of mass shootings in a given country correlates to the abundance of guns.  

      •  I can't find that so easily, unfortunately (0+ / 0-)

        there is some data to be had on individual mass shootings worldwide, but it looks like wikipedia splits it up into various categories. It may be that not enough of them have happened to form much of a basis for comparison.

        A list of things that kill people: 1. Conceivably anything. 2. Not guns. -- this message brought to you by the Night Vale chapter of the N.R.A.

        by tytalus on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:15:44 AM PDT

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    •  It's important to note that in Finland and Sweden (1+ / 0-)
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      the overwhelming majority of privately owned firearms are hunting rifles, shotguns, and pure target rifles.

      Firearm ownership in the Nordic countries looks a lot more like Canada than the US.

      "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:03:37 AM PDT

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      •  I'm pretty sure it's the same in Switzerland (0+ / 0-)

        Per Wikipedia:

        Switzerland does not have a standing army, instead opting for a people's militia for its national defense. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations; Switzerland thus has one of the highest militia gun ownership rates in the world.

        Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

        by milkbone on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 12:36:31 PM PDT

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        •  Switzerland isn't the US, but it's fairly easy (0+ / 0-)

          to purchase pistols there compared to anywhere else in Europe.

          Shooting is quite popular there as a sport in own right.  They have something like half the rate of pistol ownership the US does.

          "But the traitors will pretend / that it's gettin' near the end / when it's beginning" P. Ochs

          by JesseCW on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 04:27:35 PM PDT

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