Pro-gun advocates are clamoring around a new Harvard Study entitled "Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?" which they claim shows that gun control laws do not lead to fewer murders.
According to BreitBart.com:
Because the findings so clearly demonstrate that more gun laws may in fact increase death rates, the study says that "the mantra that more guns mean more deaths and that fewer guns, therefore, mean fewer deaths" is wrong.
For example, when the study shows numbers for Eastern European gun ownership and corresponding murder rates, it is readily apparent that less guns to do not mean less death. In Russia, where the rate of gun ownership is 4,000 per 100,000 inhabitants, the murder rate was 20.52 per 100,000 in 2002. That same year in Finland, where the rater of gun ownership is exceedingly higher--39,000 per 100,000--the murder rate was almost nill, at 1.98 per 100,000.
Looking at Western Europe, the study shows that Norway "has far and away Western Europe's highest household gun ownership rate (32%), but also its lowest murder rate."
However, BreitBart.com failed to mention an important fact, Norway has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world.
Norway's "Firearm Weapons Act" bans people from owning automatic weapons, unless they can prove they are collectors, and then they still have to be approved by the government.
In fact, for anyone to own a gun in Norway, they have to get approval from the government, which requires the gun owner to undergo a background check and have a squeaky clean police record.
If approved, your shotguns and rifles have to be locked in an approved gun safe, which the police are allowed to come into the house and check.
If you want to transport a gun in Norway, it has to be empty and concealed, but never worn by the owner.
Finland also has strict gun laws. Every gun requires an acquisition license, which people have to pay the police for.
To get approval to own a gun, a person in Finland must have a valid reason, but self defense doesn't count.
A separate gun license is required for every gun, which must be stored in a locked space or the parts of the gun have to be removed and separated.
Finland also requires a background check. If you have ever gotten a ticket in Finland for speeding or drunk driving, you can be denied a gun license.
Those are just a few of the gun laws in Norway and Finland, which have more extensive rules than U.S. gun owners could ever imagine.
In reality, strict universal government gun control laws in Norway and Finland have made it possible to have large numbers gun ownership, fewer deaths and free societies.