Dr. John Lott, author of "More Guns, Less Crime," reports that until the 1960s, some New York City public high schools had shooting clubs where students competed in citywide shooting contests for university scholarships. They carried their rifles to school on...
Excellent point - the math is just about 50% more households with guns but 550% higher homicide rate. Your point on heterogeneous is correct. What also needs to be said is that culturally (common value system) we were much more homogeneous a half century ago. I also contend that we are much more individualistic than most other societies but are very cooperatively orderly as opposed to the coercive orderliness of much of the world.
When I attended primary and secondary school -- during the 1940s and '50s -- one didn't hear of the kind of shooting mayhem that's become routine today. Why? It surely wasn't because of strict firearm laws. My replica of the 1902 Sears mail-order catalog shows 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped.
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