Some of the most repressive regimes reported the lowest homicide rates. But since this data comes from law enforcement sources, it doesn’t include state-justified murder. For example, Syrian “security forces” recently killed “at least 20” civilians during one protest, but “Criminal Justice Sources” reported Syria’s homicide rate was significantly lower than America’s.
In Yemen’s capital of Sana’a, “soldiers and plain-clothed government loyalists” killed “at least 35” and left “hundreds wounded” after opening fire on protesters. The UN reports Yemen has a relatively low homicide rate.
At the extreme range is China, whose government declares “private citizens are forbidden from owning and selling guns,” and “gun crime is rare.” This policy allegedly protects “the safety of every individual citizen.” The official homicide rate appears to bear this out, but between 1949 and 1987 military and police legally murdered nearly 77 million. Today, China continues its heavy-handed response by imprisoning protesters for “inciting subversion of state power.”
The table below lists selected countries and how non-governmental organizations rate levels of personal freedom, government corruption, and economic freedom. (A previous report discusses these NGOs, and how the UN plans to destroy our Second Amendment.)
While there are documented cases of government-condoned murder of U.S. citizens, the problem is not nearly as pervasive as in totalitarian countries. In any case, those reporting homicide data control what’s considered murder.
UN data also derogates the belief that more guns means more suicide. America has the 41st highest suicide rate, out of 89 UN countries. When collated with SAS data, the graph below shows there’s no correlation between gun ownership and suicide. Spearman’s value is an insignificant 0.04. (0.0 means no correlation.)
Examining the greatly expanded (nearly 3 times the UN countries from previous reports) GPC dataset, a clearer picture of the UN surfaces. The graph below shows that as gun ownership increases, political and civil rights improve. (Spearman’s = -0.34: higher GPC correlates with lower Freedom score.)
The graph below shows that as gun ownership increases, so does economic freedom. (Spearman’s = 0.48)
The graph below shows that as gun ownership increases, governments become less corrupt. (Spearman’s = 0.39)
(Flashback to the SAS mission statement: “The unchecked spread of [small arms] has…contributed to human rights violations, undermined political and economic development…”)
One need look no further than the UN itself for proof of the gun control/corruption link. Even though he recently warned that the UN must “rein in its ballooning expenditures,” Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has grown his own bureaucracy faster than the rest of the UN.
Obviously, the UN should focus on improving personal and economic freedom, but the average Corruption Index for all 192 member countries is 3.96. Since the UN represents mostly corrupt, oppressive regimes, promoting liberty isn’t likely to happen.