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Does Gun Control Work? Revisiting the Windsor/Detroit Divide

December 17, 2012
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A mere river between them, Windsor and Detroit are a world apart when it comes to homicide.

Now that the topic of of gun control is on the political forefront again, Conservatives are screaming louder than ever that “guns are NOT the problem!” and Liberals are countering, “yes, they ARE!”

I am reminded of a news story I read a year ago comparing the homicide rate of Windsor, Ontario against Detroit, Michigan. One side has gun control, the other doesn’t, and the differences are startling even though the cities are hardly a mile apart.

According to a Statistics Canada report Windsor’s single murder case (a stabbing!) in 2011 earned them a homicide rate of 0.30 cases per 100,000 people. In contrast, Detroit’s police department reported that there were 358 murders in the Motor City in one year. Most were gun related.

Guess which city has gun control?

More articles on this here:

A tale of two cities: Windsor and Detroit murder rates show stark contrast – The Windsor Star

Windsor murder free for 2 years – CBC News

Canadian border city has first homicide in 26 months – CNN

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  1. December 18, 2012 11:49 am

    i agree with your conclusion, but not your premise. gun control is something we certainly need in Michigan. That said, similar comparisons within the state do not hold up, i.e. why is it that Detroit has 350+ murders every year and Ann Arbor has <2? They are in the same state, and live under the same gun control laws. I do not disagree that we are in need of a much more restrictive gun policy, particularly with regards to handguns and assault weapons, but by using Detroit as a foil you make a bad argument. Thanks, and have a wonderful day!

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