Heller, McDonald and Murder: Testing the More Guns, More Murder Thesis

39 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2010

See all articles by Don B. Kates

Don B. Kates

Deceased

Carlisle E. Moody

College of William and Mary - Department of Economics; Crime Prevention Research Center

Date Written: April 7, 2010

Abstract

We examine several aspects of the more guns, more murder hypothesis. We find that ordinary people typically do not kill in a moment of rage, so that preventing them from owning guns will not save lives. Societies without guns are not typically peaceful and safe. Historically, more guns are associated with less murder. Modern Europe nations with very high gun ownership rates have much lower murder rates than low gun ownership nations. In the United States: the colonial period of universal gun ownership saw few murders and few of those were gun murders. More guns do not mean more murder.

Keywords: Firearms, Murder, Homicide, Crime

JEL Classification: K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Kates, Don B. and Moody, Carlisle E., Heller, McDonald and Murder: Testing the More Guns, More Murder Thesis (April 7, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1585869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1585869

Don B. Kates

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