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Great Case Study for Gun-Rights Advocates

Wnope
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7/2/2012 1:34:46 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
I've never seen any actual data on this, but from what I've read, it could arguably be a partial vindication of the "guns increase safety" argument.

Namely, data on Iraq.

Not a lot of people know that Iraq has a special law where each family is allowed to own one AK 47 and up to 50 rounds. This is because law enforcement is so bad that it's basically essential to be able to protect your own home.

Whatever rationale the army or government used to say "give EVERY family an automatic weapon" probably would support something like "increased gun ownership among civilians increases safety."

It should be noted that guns there are so cheap and easily attainable that, without the order allowing automatics, criminal gun ownership wouldn't be effected (hell, due to supply and demand, we'd expect criminals to buy worse guns since AK-47 prices would raise). So it can't be argued that the order increased gun ownership among those who would commit crimes.
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7/2/2012 1:39:59 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
On the other hand, many people in Iraq and "Kurdistan" (give it a few years) are calling for a ban on selling guns, so there may be rationales there as well.

http://www.thenational.ae...