Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Dark Knight, Assaults and Gun Laws?


Despite their large differences, all of the U.S. regions have higher average rates of death from assault than any of the 24 OECD countries we looked at previously. The placid Northeast comes relatively close to the upper end of the most violent countries in our OECD group.

Finally, there’s the question of racial and ethic incidence of these deaths within the United States. Here are the decade’s trends broken out by the race of the victim, rather than by state or region.Assault death rates by Race
The story here is depressing. Blacks die from assault at more than three times the U.S. average, and between ten and twenty times OECD rates. In the 2000s the average rate of death from assault in the U.S. was about 5.7 per 100,000 but for whites it was 3.6 and for blacks it was over 20. Even 3.6 per 100,000 is still well above the OECD-24 average, which–if we exclude the U.S.–was about 1.1 deaths per 100,000 during the 2000s, with a maximum value of 2.9. An average value of 20 is just astronomical. And this is after a long period of decline in the death rate from assault.
I guess for what it is worth, these stats are sobering. I'm not fully convinced that restricting gun laws will solve much though I'm not really a conservative in regards to gun control, but the issue of assaults based on race is illuminating. Especially if one applies it to a larger and more corporate context.

Does being pro-life (including welfare, overall poverty and abortion) factor into this? I think so. Is there a flip side to this, in restricting gun laws that could potentially harm those that would be responsible and defend themselves against such an assault?

Much food to think about. What should be the "Christian" response to gun laws? Does the constitution/individual rights trump Jesus, or can they be harmonized, or is there some other way?

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