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Fri Nov 20, 2015, 11:27 AM

6. Of course, because there's 10 times as much poverty in the US as in Europe.



Ah, the NRA talking points...

The truth is, overall rates of violent crime in Western Europe are similar to ours. But since we have more guns, crimes are much more likely to end up in death or serious injury. The problem is the gun availability.

As for Norway, gun ownership in Norway is not nearly as widespread as in the US, and handguns are tightly regulated -- handguns are only allowed for sport shooting, and a handgun license requires 6 months to get, during which you have to actively practice at a gun club. Then you need a written recommendation from the gun club president submitted to the police. Also they have strick laws that guns must be stored in safes, and the police can inspect safes. So I'm sure you partied hard in Norway, but you certainly didn't buy a handgun.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_Norway

On the other hand, in the US, in most states, with zero experience, you can walk into a gun store and buy 5 handguns in less than an hour, and the federal government is legally barred from keeping a registry of who owns what guns.

You're right, though, Norway has more guns per capita than most of Europe, and they also have a higher-than average number of gun deaths per capita.

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