The Impact of Firearm Levels on Homicide Rates: The Effects of Controlling for Cultural Differences in Cross-National Research
32 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2020
Date Written: January 14, 2015
We analyze the largest set of nations (n=55) with a valid measure of gun ownership levels ever used to test the effect of national gun levels on homicide rates. We control for measures of national culture and human development to better isolate the effects of firearm availability. We find that, while national gun levels have a significant positive bivariate correlation with homicide rates, once one controls for violence-related cultural differences and development level between nations, the association disappears. Thus, national rates of firearms ownership show no evidence of increasing national homicide rates.
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