I have a monkey (Not a wrench, a full sized Orangutan) to throw in the works here. Toronto is a city of several million, about on par with Washington D.C. Public Carrying Laws are not in place. You can own a gun but you're not even allowed to store the gun and ammunition in the same room, and the gun must either be in a locked case with a rigger lock or a safe.
Murders per 100,000'
Washington, D.C.: 35.8
There are also lower Robbery and Break-In rates. These statistics are from 2004.
They can be viewed here
Admittently, they are probably biased in some way, but they are definitely not altered or wrong and therefore fit this purpose.
Well armed people do NOT make for a lower crime rate. Lower crime rates come from (As I have said it all along) contented people with no reason to commit crime. More or less guns have nothing to do with it.
That said, I have nothing against legal gun owners (My mother and brother being such). In Toronto, we have, what I consider, really good standards. I hate Paul Martin for trying to change them...
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