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Re^4: Principle of Inclusion

by swampyankee (Parson)
on May 19, 2006 at 21:22 UTC ( #550594=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Principle of Inclusion
in thread Principle of Inclusion

Bizarrely, where gunownership among criminals is higher, the death rate during commission of a crime may be lower.

I remember an article in Scientific American where this minor statistic popped up: when a robber has a gun (I remember a Chicago cop saying that if the mugger has a gun, the mugger will show the gun: he wants you to know he's armed) the victim will tend to say "yes, sir" and give the thief what is wanted (usually money). When the thief is not showing a gun, or is armed with (say) a knife, there is more chance the victim will try to fight back, which (for most people) is a bad idea.


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