CNN has provided a nice world map of gun related crime. What is interesting is that the gun related crime doesn’t seem to be strongly correlated with lawful gun ownership. For example, the USA has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the world, and has a “medium” level of gun crime, while Brazil has some rather strict gun laws, but has a high level of gun related crime. Similarly, Norway and Finland have a high rate of gun ownership, but a “low” rate of gun related crime, while Russia has restrictive gun laws but a “high” rate of gun crime. Despite what the anti gun groups say, guns, in and of themselves just don’t cause crime. Instead, the intentional actions of criminals are to blame, and it is likely that socioeconomic considerations also play an important role in crime rates.
My thanks to Anders for pointing out this map