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Old April 26, 2007, 02:14 PM   #1
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New Kates, Mauser report.

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ExpressO Preprint Series

Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence

Gary A. Mauser, Simon Fraser University
Don B. Kates, retired


The world abounds in instruments with which people can kill each other. Is the widespread availability of one of these instruments, firearms, a crucial determinant of the incidence of murder? Or do patterns of murder and/or violent crime reflect basic socio-economic and/or cultural factors to which the mere availability of one particular form of weaponry is irrelevant?

This article examines a broad range of international data that bear on two distinct but interrelated questions: first, whether widespread firearm access is an important contributing factor in murder and/or suicide, and second, whether the introduction of laws that restrict general access to firearms has been successful in reducing violent crime, homicide or suicide. Our conclusion from the available data is that suicide, murder and violent crime rates are determined by basic social, economic and/or cultural factors with the availability of any particular one of the world’s myriad deadly instrument being irrelevant.

Recommended Citation

Gary A. Mauser and Don B. Kates, "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide? A Review of International Evidence" (August 17, 2006). ExpressO Preprint Series. Working Paper 1564.

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Gun Control: The premise that a woman found in an alley, raped and strangled with her own pantyhose, is morally superior to allowing that same woman to defend her life with a firearm.

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