Since 1998, John Lott’s seminal work More Guns, Less Crime has been used to show that areas with the highest gun ownership in America experience the least crime on a per capita basis.
It now appears that what Lott discovered as true for the U.S.A. is true for the world as well.
Maps made by the U.N. office on Drugs and Crime (circa 2007) clearly show that where gun ownership is highest in the world, crime is lowest on a per capita basis.
For example, here is the map for gun ownership: (Above)
Notice the high levels of private gun ownership per 100 people in the United States versus the rest of the world.
Now, here is the map for homicides:
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