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    Life, liberty and the killer state. Richard Rahn, CATO Inst. at The Washington Times

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    The risk of being murdered in the United States is also much lower than many think. The nation is about average in the world when it comes to the murder rate, but if you take out Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Chicago, the United States has one of the lowest murder rates in the world, despite or perhaps because of the high rate of legal gun ownership. Several of the cities with the highest rate of gun violence also have the most restrictive gun laws.
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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/multi...-1215-8201jpg/

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...-killer-state/

    I wonder how the info-graphic was ordered.
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    Dick Rahn is a economist, not a gun guy. His commentary is not focused on the restoration of individual liberty.
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Dick Rahn is a economist, not a gun guy. His commentary is not focused on the restoration of individual liberty.
    John R. Lott, Jr. is an economist too, on what is his commentary focused?
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    ^ ^ ^ Would far prefer cancer be outlawed. ^ ^ ^

    Don't think we could get both houses the come to terms on heart disease though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC for ME View Post
    Dick Rahn is a economist, not a gun guy. His commentary is not focused on the restoration of individual liberty.
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    John R. Lott, Jr. is an economist too, on what is his commentary focused?
    The economists--in particular Lott--have brought a perspective and statistical rigor to the area of RKBA this both enlightening and useful. The linked article in the OP is a prime example. Most political (and thus legal) assaults on our RKBA are premised on the mistaken belief that our nation is paying a horribly high price in terms of homicides, preventable suicides, and accidents in order to respect our 2A rights. Solid, peer reviewed/reviewable published studies and papers that debunk that belief are powerful arrows in our quivers.

    While our rights should not be dependent on practical matters, the reality is not always the ideal. So good to have solid research showing what most here believe to be true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    John R. Lott, Jr. is an economist too, on what is his commentary focused?
    You tell me. All you need to do is to review their respective writings, the focus of their writings. Not much effort is required in this regard to be honest.

    Mr. Rahn is not focused on restoring individual liberty. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_W._Rahn
    More writings from Mr. Rahn. http://www.washingtontimes.com/staff/richard-w-rahn/

    Mr. Rahn writes of those things that I learned 30+ years ago and practice to this day.

    Mr. Lott is, seemingly, singularly focused on our RKBA, the foundation of individual liberty. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lott
    "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson.

    "Better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer" - English jurist William Blackstone.
    It is AFAIK original to me. Compromise is failure on the installment plan, particularly when dealing with so intractable an opponent as ignorance. - Nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    ^ ^ ^ Would far prefer cancer be outlawed. ^ ^ ^

    Don't think we could get both houses the come to terms on heart disease though.
    I have one stent. Dropping dead, I think, beats the fight with cancer. I got friends and family that beat cancer and some that didn't. Quality of life becomes a big issue. JMHO

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