Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Linn White has posted God, Guns & Money: A Global Perspective on Intentional Homicide (Western State Law Review, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2016) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
Perhaps one of the most contentious issues in the United States is the ownership of personal firearms, with sharp divides between those who view access to firearms as a fundamental right, and those who view the ownership of personal firearms as an anachronism that has no place in modern society. Within the debate, both sides have produced a considerable volume of highly polarized, and often completely contradictory literature on the relationship between firearms and homicide rates. However, using a detailed analysis of international data, this paper reveals deep flaws in the reasoning underpinning both sides of the firearms debate.
Further, while economic issues also tend to receive a great deal of attention as causal factors for intentional homicide rates, this study points to a much stronger correlation that has largely been overlooked – namely the role of certain fundamentalist religious ideologies, which appear to be far more likely contributors to violent behavior.