13 Tex. Rev. L. & Pol. 1 (2008-2009)
Is There a Relationship between Guns and Freedom - Comparative Results from Fifty-Nine Nations

handle is hein.journals/trlp13 and id is 3 raw text is: Is THERE A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GUNS AND
FREEDOM? COMPARATIVE RESULTS FROM FIFTY-NINE
NATIONS
DAVID KOPEL,* CARLISLE MOODY** & HOWARD NEMEROVt
I.  INTRODUCTION      ...............................................................  2
II.  DATA   SOURCES ................................................................. 4
A. Freedom House's Ratings of Political Rights and Civil
L iberty  .........................................................................  4
B. Transparency International's Ratings of Government
Corruption  Levels ......................................................... 5
C. Heritage Foundation's Ratings of Economic Freedom ......... 6
D. World Bank Rating of Economic Success ........................ 7
E. Small Arms Survey Data on Firearms Ownership ....... 9
1. The Incompleteness of Registration Data ............ 10
2. Undercounting by Household Surveys .............. 13
3. Manufacturing Data ........................................... 15
III.  R ESU LTS  ........................................................................  16
IV.   CAUSE  AND   EFFECT ......................................................... 23
A. Freedom Causes Guns ................................................. 24
B. Guns Cause Freedom ................................................. 26
C. Freedom Reduces Guns ............................................... 27
D. Guns Reduce Freedom ................................................. 28
E. Gun Cultures and Freedom ......................................... 28
IV .  CONCLUSION     .................................................................  30
V .  A PPENDIX   ......................................................................  32
* Research Director, Independence Institute, Golden, Colorado; Associate Policy
Analyst, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C. Author of THE SAMURAI, THE MOUNTIE, AND
THE COWBOY: SHOULD AMERICA ADOPT THE GUN CONTROLS OF OTHER DEMOCRACIES?
(1992). Coauthor of the law school textbook GUN CONTROL AND GUN RIGHTS (2002).
More information at http://www.davekopel.org.
** Professor of Economics at the College of William & Mary. Author of numerous
econometric studies on a wide range of social science issues.
t Author of FOUR HUNDRED YEARS OF GUN CONTROL: WHY ISN'T IT WORKING? (2008).
Developer of the Nemerov Method, a neuromuscular physical therapy discipline derived
from 18 years of clinical analysis and practical research.

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