What would happen, say, if an island nation were to use its geographical isolation to have the best chance of reducing crime by banning private ownership of handguns?
Well, John Lott gives us the answer, and it's not pretty. Jamaica's murder rate has soared to 60 murders annually per 100,000 people, right up there with Chicago and Washington, DC--notably two other places which have banned private ownership of handguns. Another example of a place that's tough to get to, but has a sky high murder rate due to handgun bans: South Africa, with a murder rate of nearly 40/100k annually.
It's worth noting, by the way, that Jamaica and South Africa now have higher murder rates as a country than DC usually does as a city.
Addendum: a happy ending in Chicago as an elderly couple ignored Chicago's unconstitutional handgun ban, which allowed them to defend themselves against an armed intruder. A high profile lawyer will defend them, and it is unclear whether the attacker, now deceased, was on the board of aldermen, the city's most notorious crime ring.
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