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NoJoke
01-05-2013, 4:49 PM
I've seen quite a few posts asking for information - data etc about guns/crime rates etc.
Instead of providing links to independent sites why not a sticky here that is centered around the request.
It could really provide this site some new traffic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ooa98FHuaU0&feature=share&list=PLfodBQ0uVsotl9CWfgmERWIpBaawii7Yu

Oceanbob
01-05-2013, 5:53 PM
Clinton enacted an assault weapons ban from 1994-2004, here's the results:
11/15/95 - Lynville, Tn School shooting
2/2/96 - Moses Lake, Wa School shooting
2/19/97 - Bethel, Ak School shooting
10/1/97 - Pearl, Ms School shooting
12/1/97 - West Paducah, Ky School shooting
2/26/97 Hollywood Bank shootout in 97' Using banned weapons/hi cap magazines
4/24/98 - Edinboro, Pa School shooting
5/21/98 - Springfield, Or School shooting
4/20/99 - Columbine, Co School shooting
5/20/99 - Conyers, Ga School shooting
11/2/99 - Honolulu, Hi Office Shooting
12/26/00 - Wakefield, Ma Office Shooting
3/5/01 - Santee, Ca School Shooting
3/22/01 El Cajon, Ca School Shooting
1/16/02 Grundy, Va College Shooting
4/14/03 New Orleans, La School Shooting

b_k
01-06-2013, 12:44 AM
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al5KWOAXKl1rdC1uUXlCS1lLZk13blhtOEJGZHlsN lE#gid=0

Take that with a grain of salt. I tried to standardize other countries categorization for each crime according to the FBI's categorization. Results extrapolated from respective government's crime reports that are available online.

Edit: Please do not assume this is accurate. If I find flaws in the method which the results were achieved, it will be revised.

DrDavid
01-06-2013, 12:47 AM
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al5KWOAXKl1rdC1uUXlCS1lLZk13blhtOEJGZHlsN lE#gid=0

Take that with a grain of salt. I tried to standardize other countries categorization for each crime according to the FBI's categorization. Results extrapolated from respective government's crime reports that are available online.

Wow! Thank you. Love it!

ebola zaire
01-06-2013, 10:05 AM
That spreadsheet is great!

Librarian
01-06-2013, 11:06 AM
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al5KWOAXKl1rdC1uUXlCS1lLZk13blhtOEJGZHlsN lE#gid=0

Take that with a grain of salt. I tried to standardize other countries categorization for each crime according to the FBI's categorization. Results extrapolated from respective government's crime reports that are available online.

Edit: Please do not assume this is accurate. If I find flaws in the method which the results were achieved, it will be revised.

It's a fun exercise, but it has basic problems even to attempt.

1) the underlying assumption is that comparisons of one country to another is valid. I'll argue it is NOT.

2) statistics from any country, including ours, are influenced by politics, and infrastructure/capabilities. Some statistics cannot be verified. FBI sometimes publishes notes about missing or unreliable data from some sources; we can sort of correlate FBI crime data with CDC on injuries and the National Crime Victimization Survey. Some reporting agencies are suspected to minimize crime within their jurisdictions, since their heads perceive, probably correctly, that lower numbers suggest greater success of their agencies.

3) There are cultural differences, as well as political considerations, for classifying crimes one way or another. Read Kopel's 'The Samurai, the Mountie, and the Cowboy' for more on that. A bit dated, but the argument still holds, I think.

I'll also point out that year-over-year stats, even from the same sources, can mean different things. A couple of years ago, UK changed their reporting year (I think it was from Jan-Dec to July-June) and reclassified some crimes.

And I'll repeat my recommendation to read Braman and Kahan "More Statistics, Less Persuasion (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=286205)" and related works from them.

b_k
01-07-2013, 4:12 PM
Updated Canada's homicide stats. Mistakenly included their attempted murder numbers into the homicide category, my bad Canada.

For reference, respective sources:

Australia: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B15KWOAXKl1rUjJvdWZSRVZ1ekk
Canada: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B15KWOAXKl1rRXFXUDF6dWVPc2M
England/Wales: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B15KWOAXKl1rY0NYaHB2QmJNMmM
US: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B15KWOAXKl1rYWxsdk5XUzdrZ28
Germany: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B15KWOAXKl1rWWFrUF82WDI3dVE