OSHA regulation threatens shooting sports

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  1. Gary Thompson

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    World history has proven over and over when the citizens are unarmed the crime rate goes up, and or the military is in the streets.
    I love this country and I can not figure out why anyone would not want the same freedoms I have.
     
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    The world’s least-free country


    By John Silveira
    Backwoods Home Magazine

    9/10/02

    Here’s a quiz: Which is the freest country on earth? The answer’s easy. It’s the United States. Ask anyone. And why are we the freest? Not because we’re the richest. Long before we became the world’s richest nation we still regarded ourselves as the freest, and millions flocked to our shores to enjoy that freedom. The reasons we are free are: First, because of the philosophical basis upon which this country was founded. It is assumed that individuals have rights, e.g., free speech, the right to bear arms, the right of a jury trial before our peers should the government try to imprison us, seize our property, or deprive us of our lives, etc. Second, we have a Constitution that limits the powers of a central government to intrude into our lives.

    And third, our rights have been enshrined in the First 10 Amendments to our Constitution.

    Many other countries, like England and Canada, also have their own Bill of Rights, but those rights are at the pleasure of the government. It says so right in their laws. So they are not “unalienable” rights. Only our country, in all of history, was founded on the assumption that the individual has rights that exist apart from the government and not at its pleasure. Then, in 1868, the Constitution was amended to say that even the states cannot violate our unalienable rights. Pretty powerful stuff. These things form the basis of our freedom and are the reasons why the United States is the freest country on earth.

    So if we can identify the freest country, can we also identify that which is the least free? I’ve tried to find a qualitative way to make that determination, but it’s difficult, because no country has a constitution that guarantees tyranny. Even the constitutions of the old Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China read as if those countries were free. You’d never have guessed that what happened under Stalin and Mao could have happened, just from reading those documents. (Of course, you’d never have guessed we once enslaved a huge portion of our own citizens or screwed the Indians out of a large portion of a continent by reading our Constitution. But that’s another story.)

    What I’m getting at is it’s hard to determine qualitatively which is the least free country on earth. So I decided to see if there is a quantitative way to measure it. I found two. First, the country with the most laws would be a candidate for that which is least free. Laws regulate people, so the country which is the least free would surely regulate its people the most. Second, the country with the greatest percentage of its population in jail would also be a candidate for the least free, for obvious reasons. And, if, by chance, some country not only had the most laws but also had the largest percentage of its own population behind bars, we’d at least have a candidate for the least free country on the planet.

    So which country has the most laws regulating its citizenry? After looking high and low I discovered that the country with the most laws—not just today, but in all of history is...geez Louise, it’s the United States. We not only have the most laws in all of history, but we also turn out more new laws and regulations to manage our people every single year than most countries turn out in decades.

    How can it be that the world’s freest country needs more laws to tell its people what to do than the Soviet Union, Red China, Nazi Germany, or any two-bit banana republic dictatorship? And it’s not like we’ve always had so many laws. Most of them are new. In 1814, when President Madison and the Congress fled Washington, DC, ahead of the invading English troops bent on arson, they took the papers of the federal government with them. It was easy. They loaded all the laws and regulations into a few boxes and left. This was all the federal government had generated to regulate us in the first 38 years of our existence. Today, Congress and anonymous bureaucrats generate more laws and regulations than that in minutes.

    Maybe we should consider the other criterion. Which country imprisons the highest percentage of its own citizens? Let’s see, Russia’s up there. And so is the Union of South Africa. And there are some little potentates as we see in Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan. Hmm, but who leads the list. On, no! Folks, you’re not going to like this. It’s...it’s...the United States, again, heading the list of least free countries. The prime reason is the War on Drugs, the war waged against our country’s own citizens “for their own good.”

    When I presented my results to others, some said if you obey the laws, you have nothing to worry about and you’ll still be free. I pointed out that that’s the case in every country. Toe the line and you won’t get in trouble. If the women in Afghanistan wore their burkas and didn’t drive or get an education, then by that definition they could still be free. I also pointed out that Jews in Nazi Germany, blacks in the postbellum South, and many American Indians did toe the line and tried to be good citizens but they still got screwed. So obeying the law doesn’t guarantee freedom.

    Another said, despite all our laws, we have safeguards in that we have a jury system and that those laws are filtered through juries. I pointed out that more and more agencies regulate us without juries. E.g., the IRS, family courts, OSHA, the EPA, etc. don’t allow juries. And where juries are allowed the courts exclude people who realize they can nullify bad laws. This is hardly a recipe for freedom.

    So, somehow, I have arrived at a paradox. What, on paper, would appear to be the freest society in the world appears, in practice, to be among the most oppressive. Does this bother anyone besides me?
     
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    Top 10 Most Economically Free Countries
    Posted: 03/05/2007

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    Ranked by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal.

    The Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal recently released their 13th annual Index of Economic Freedom, which identifies the variables that comprise economic freedom and analyzes the interaction of freedom with wealth. The Index measures 157 countries across 10 specific factors of economic freedom.

    10. Canada



    Canada’s economy is 78.7% free. A strong rule of law ensures property rights, a low level of corruption, and transparent application of the country’s admittedly thorough commercial code. However, as in many European democracies, government spending is high because Canada maintains elaborate social programs and a welfare state.

    9. Switzerland

    Switzerland’s economy is 79.1% free. Commercial operations are protected by the regulatory environment and aided by a flexible labor market. The national financial sector leads the world and is both protective of privacy and open to foreign institutions. But as in many other European social democracies, personal income taxes are high.

    8. Luxembourg

    Luxembourg’s economy is 79.3% free. The average tariff rate is low (though non-tariff barriers include EU subsidies), and business regulation is efficient. The financial sector is regarded as a global financial hub that maintains depositor secrecy. However, total government spending is more than two-fifths of GDP.

    7. Ireland

    Ireland’s economy is 81.3% free. Entrepreneurship is made easy by the light regulatory hand of government. Inflation is low, but Ireland’s monetary score suffers somewhat from distortionary EU agricultural subsidies. Property rights are well protected by an efficient, independent judiciary.

    6. United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom’s economy is 81.6% free. The average tariff rate is low, although the government does implement distortionary European Union agricultural tariffs. Support for private enterprise is a world model, and the financial sector is modern and a historic world hub. The judiciary should be the envy of the world.

    5. New Zealand

    New Zealand’s economy is 81.6% free. A globally competitive financial system based on market principles attracts many foreign banks, helped by low inflation and low tariff rates. A strong rule of law protects property rights, and New Zealand is the world’s second most corruption-free country.

    4. United States

    The economy of the United States is 82% free. The average tariff rate is low, although there are several non-tariff barriers. Financial markets are open to foreign competition and are the world’s most dynamic and modern. Corruption is low and the labor market is highly flexible.

    3. Australia

    Australia’s economy is 82.7% free. Its low inflation and low tariff rates buttress a globally competitive financial system. A strong rule of law protects property rights and tolerates virtually no corruption. Businesses enjoy considerable flexibility in licensing, regulation and employment practices.

    2. Singapore

    Singapore’s economy is 85.7% free. Virtually all commercial operations are performed with transparency and speed, and private enterprise has boomed. Inflation is low, and foreign investment is welcomed and given equal treatment. There are no tariffs. Singapore’s legal system is highly protective of private property.

    1. Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s economy is 89.3% free. Income and corporate tax rates are extremely low. Business regulation is simple, and the labor market is highly flexible. Inflation is low, although the government distorts the prices of several staples. Investment in Hong Kong is wide open.
     
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    Gun Laws, Culture, Justice & Crime In Foreign Countries

    Do other countries all have more restrictive gun laws and lower violent crime rates than the U.S.? How do U.S. and other countries` crime trends compare? What societal factors affect crime rates?

    A recent report for Congress notes, "All countries have some form of firearms regulation, ranging from the very strictly regulated countries like Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Sweden to the less stringently controlled uses in the jurisdictions of Mexico and Switzerland, where the right to bear arms continues as a part of the national heritage up to the present time." However, "From available statistics, among (the 27) countries surveyed, it is difficult to find a correlation between the existence of strict firearms regulations and a lower incidence of gun-related crimes. . . . (I)n Canada a dramatic increase in the percentage of handguns used in all homicides was reported during a period in which handguns were most strictly regulated. And in strictly regulated Germany, gun-related crime is much higher than in countries such as Switzerland and Israel, that have simpler and/or less restrictive legislation." (Library of Congress, "Firearms Regulations in Various Foreign Countries, May 1998.")
    Many foreign countries have less restrictive firearms laws, and lower crime rates, than parts of the U.S. that have more restrictions. And many have low crime rates, despite having very different firearms laws. Switzerland and Japan "stand out as intriguing models. . . . (T)hey have crime rates that are among the lowest in the industrialized world, and yet they have diametrically opposite gun policies." (Nicholas D. Kristof, "One Nation Bars, The Other Requires," New York Times, 3/10/96.) Swiss citizens are issued fully-automatic rifles to keep at home for national defense purposes, yet "abuse of military weapons is rare." The Swiss own two million firearms, including handguns and semi-automatic rifles, they shoot about 60 million rounds of ammunition per year, and "the rate of violent gun abuse is low." (Stephen P. Halbrook, Target Switzerland; Library of Congress, pp. 183-184.) In Japan, rifles and handguns are prohibited; shotguns are very strictly regulated. Japan`s Olympic shooters have had to practice out of the country because of their country`s gun laws. Yet, crime has been rising for about the last 15 years and the number of shooting crimes more than doubled between 1997-1998. Organized crime is on the rise and 12 people were killed and 5,500 injured in a nerve gas attack in a Japanese subway system in 1995. (Kristof, "Family and Peer Pressure Help Keep Crime Levels down in Japan," New York Times, 5/14/95.) Mostly without firearms, Japan`s suicide rate is at a record high, about 90 per day. (Stephanie Strom, "In Japan, Mired in Recession, Suicides Soar," New York Times, p. 1, 7/15/99.)
     
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    Rank Countries Amount (top to bottom)
    #1 United States: 715 per 100,000 people
    #2 Russia: 584 per 100,000 people
    #3 Belarus: 554 per 100,000 people
    #4 Palau: 523 per 100,000 people
    #5 Belize: 459 per 100,000 people
    #6 Suriname: 437 per 100,000 people
    #7 Dominica: 420 per 100,000 people
    #8 Ukraine: 416 per 100,000 people
    #9 Bahamas, The: 410 per 100,000 people
    #10 South Africa: 402 per 100,000 people
    #11 Kyrgyzstan: 390 per 100,000 people
    #12 Singapore: 388 per 100,000 people
    #13 Kazakhstan: 386 per 100,000 people
    #14 Barbados: 367 per 100,000 people
    #15 Panama: 354 per 100,000 people
    #16 Trinidad and Tobago: 351 per 100,000 people
    #17 Thailand: 340 per 100,000 people
    #18 Estonia: 339 per 100,000 people
    #19 Latvia: 339 per 100,000 people
    #20 Saint Kitts and Nevis: 338 per 100,000 people
    #21 Grenada: 333 per 100,000 people
    #22 Botswana: 327 per 100,000 people
    #23 Swaziland: 324 per 100,000 people
    #24 Mongolia: 303 per 100,000 people
    #25 Antigua and Barbuda: 278 per 100,000 people
    #26 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: 270 per 100,000 people
    #27 Namibia: 267 per 100,000 people
    #28 Tunisia: 253 per 100,000 people
    #29 Taiwan: 250 per 100,000 people
    #30 Saint Lucia: 243 per 100,000 people
    #31 Lithuania: 234 per 100,000 people
    #32 Costa Rica: 229 per 100,000 people
    #33 Iran: 226 per 100,000 people
    #34 Mauritius: 214 per 100,000 people
    #35 Poland: 210 per 100,000 people
    #36 Uruguay: 209 per 100,000 people
    #37 Seychelles: 207 per 100,000 people
    #38 Chile: 204 per 100,000 people
    #39 Azerbaijan: 198 per 100,000 people
    #40 Romania: 193 per 100,000 people
    #41 Uzbekistan: 184 per 100,000 people
    #42 Czech Republic: 178 per 100,000 people
    #43 Jamaica: 176 per 100,000 people
    #44 Morocco: 176 per 100,000 people
    #45 Guyana: 175 per 100,000 people
    #46 Israel: 174 per 100,000 people
    #47 Libya: 173 per 100,000 people
    #48 Honduras: 172 per 100,000 people
    #49 Mexico: 169 per 100,000 people
    #50 Brazil: 169 per 100,000 people
    #51 Slovakia: 165 per 100,000 people
    #52 Hungary: 165 per 100,000 people
    #53 Tajikistan: 161 per 100,000 people
    #54 Malaysia: 161 per 100,000 people
    #55 New Zealand: 160 per 100,000 people
    #56 El Salvador: 158 per 100,000 people
    #57 Dominican Republic: 157 per 100,000 people
    #58 Bahrain: 155 per 100,000 people
    #59 Georgia: 148 per 100,000 people
    #60 Lebanon: 146 per 100,000 people
    #61 Spain: 144 per 100,000 people
    #62 Lesotho: 143 per 100,000 people
    #63 Nicaragua: 143 per 100,000 people
    #64 Portugal: 130 per 100,000 people
    #65 Madagascar: 130 per 100,000 people
    #66 Cameroon: 129 per 100,000 people
    #67 Burundi: 129 per 100,000 people
    #68 Bulgaria: 127 per 100,000 people
    #69 Colombia: 126 per 100,000 people
    #70 Zambia: 121 per 100,000 people
    #71 China: 119 per 100,000 people
    #72 Fiji: 117 per 100,000 people
    #73 Canada: 116 per 100,000 people
    #74 Australia: 116 per 100,000 people
    #75 Tanzania: 116 per 100,000 people
    #76 Netherlands: 112 per 100,000 people
    #77 Luxembourg: 111 per 100,000 people
    #78 Kenya: 111 per 100,000 people
    #79 Saudi Arabia: 110 per 100,000 people
    #80 Algeria: 110 per 100,000 people
    #81 Central African Republic: 110 per 100,000 people
    #82 Rwanda: 109 per 100,000 people
    #83 Argentina: 107 per 100,000 people
    #84 Jordan: 106 per 100,000 people
    #85 Tonga: 106 per 100,000 people
    #86 Sri Lanka: 105 per 100,000 people
    #87 Albania: 105 per 100,000 people
    #88 Peru: 104 per 100,000 people
    #89 Bolivia: 102 per 100,000 people
    #90 Kuwait: 102 per 100,000 people
    #91 Austria: 100 per 100,000 people
    #92 Italy: 100 per 100,000 people
    #93 Germany: 96 per 100,000 people
    #94 Qatar: 95 per 100,000 people
    #95 France: 95 per 100,000 people
    #96 Philippines: 94 per 100,000 people
    #97 Syria: 93 per 100,000 people
    #98 Armenia: 92 per 100,000 people
    #99 Turkey: 92 per 100,000 people
    #100 Andorra: 90 per 100,000 people
    #101 Belgium: 88 per 100,000 people
    #102 Yemen: 83 per 100,000 people
    #103 Greece: 83 per 100,000 people
    #104 Benin: 81 per 100,000 people
    #105 Oman: 81 per 100,000 people
    #106 Sao Tome and Principe: 79 per 100,000 people
    #107 Venezuela: 76 per 100,000 people
    #108 Sweden: 75 per 100,000 people
    #109 Paraguay: 75 per 100,000 people
    #110 Switzerland: 72 per 100,000 people
    #111 Malta: 72 per 100,000 people
    #112 Denmark: 72 per 100,000 people
    #113 Finland: 71 per 100,000 people
    #114 Vietnam: 71 per 100,000 people
    #115 Malawi: 70 per 100,000 people
    #116 Guatemala: 68 per 100,000 people
    #117 Papua New Guinea: 66 per 100,000 people
    #118 Croatia: 64 per 100,000 people
    #119 Norway: 64 per 100,000 people
    #120 Djibouti: 61 per 100,000 people
    #121 Ecuador: 59 per 100,000 people
    #122 Pakistan: 59 per 100,000 people
    #123 Slovenia: 59 per 100,000 people
    #124 Kiribati: 56 per 100,000 people
    #125 Tuvalu: 56 per 100,000 people
    #126 Japan: 54 per 100,000 people
    #127 Senegal: 54 per 100,000 people
    #128 Haiti: 53 per 100,000 people
    #129 Liechtenstein: 53 per 100,000 people
    #130 Ghana: 52 per 100,000 people
    #131 Bangladesh: 50 per 100,000 people
    #132 Mozambique: 50 per 100,000 people
    #133 Cyprus: 50 per 100,000 people
    #134 Nauru: 48 per 100,000 people
    #135 Mauritania: 48 per 100,000 people
    #136 Togo: 46 per 100,000 people
    #137 Chad: 46 per 100,000 people
    #138 Cambodia: 45 per 100,000 people
    #139 Marshall Islands: 44 per 100,000 people
    #140 Vanuatu: 44 per 100,000 people
    #141 Angola: 44 per 100,000 people
    #142 Iceland: 40 per 100,000 people
    #143 Monaco: 39 per 100,000 people
    #144 Congo, Democratic Republic of the: 38 per 100,000 people
    #145 Indonesia: 38 per 100,000 people
    #146 Guinea: 37 per 100,000 people
    #147 Micronesia, Federated States of: 34 per 100,000 people
    #148 Mali: 34 per 100,000 people
    #149 Nigeria: 33 per 100,000 people
    #150 Gambia, The: 32 per 100,000 people
    #151 Solomon Islands: 31 per 100,000 people
    #152 Nepal: 29 per 100,000 people
    #153 India: 29 per 100,000 people
    #154 Burkina Faso: 23 per 100,000 people
    #155 Zimbabwe: 0 per 100,000 people
    #156 Ethiopia: 0 per 100,000 people
    #157 Cuba: 0 per 100,000 people
    #158 Comoros: 0 per 100,000 people
    #159 Sudan: 0 per 100,000 people
    #160 Egypt: 0 per 100,000 people
    #161 Niger: 0 per 100,000 people
    #162 Turkmenistan: 0 per 100,000 people
    #163 United Arab Emirates: 0 per 100,000 people
    #164 Uganda: 0 per 100,000 people
    Weighted average:
     
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    Rank Countries Amount (top to bottom)
    #1 Dominica: 113.822 per 1,000 people
    #2 New Zealand: 105.881 per 1,000 people
    #3 Finland: 101.526 per 1,000 people
    #4 Denmark: 92.8277 per 1,000 people
    #5 Chile: 88.226 per 1,000 people
    #6 United Kingdom: 85.5517 per 1,000 people
    #7 Montserrat: 80.3982 per 1,000 people
    #8 United States: 80.0645 per 1,000 people
    #9 Netherlands: 79.5779 per 1,000 people
    #10 South Africa: 77.1862 per 1,000 people
    #11 Germany: 75.9996 per 1,000 people
    #12 Canada: 75.4921 per 1,000 people
    #13 Norway: 71.8639 per 1,000 people
    #14 France: 62.1843 per 1,000 people
    #15 Seychelles: 52.9265 per 1,000 people
    #16 Hungary: 44.9763 per 1,000 people
    #17 Estonia: 43.3601 per 1,000 people
    #18 Czech Republic: 38.2257 per 1,000 people
    #19 Italy: 37.9633 per 1,000 people
    #20 Switzerland: 36.1864 per 1,000 people
    #21 Portugal: 34.3833 per 1,000 people
    #22 Slovenia: 33.6236 per 1,000 people
    #23 Poland: 32.8573 per 1,000 people
    #24 Korea, South: 31.7267 per 1,000 people
    #25 Mauritius: 29.1982 per 1,000 people
    #26 Zimbabwe: 28.8753 per 1,000 people
    #27 Lithuania: 22.8996 per 1,000 people
    #28 Spain: 22.8867 per 1,000 people
    #29 Latvia: 21.921 per 1,000 people
    #30 Uruguay: 21.7017 per 1,000 people
    #31 Russia: 20.5855 per 1,000 people
    #32 Ireland: 20.2376 per 1,000 people
    #33 Bulgaria: 19.9886 per 1,000 people
    #34 Japan: 19.177 per 1,000 people
    #35 Romania: 16.4812 per 1,000 people
    #36 Slovakia: 16.3537 per 1,000 people
    #37 Jamaica: 14.3231 per 1,000 people
    #38 Belarus: 13.1592 per 1,000 people
    #39 Mexico: 12.8406 per 1,000 people
    #40 Tunisia: 12.5634 per 1,000 people
    #41 Costa Rica: 11.9788 per 1,000 people
    #42 Ukraine: 11.7793 per 1,000 people
    #43 Hong Kong: 11.6817 per 1,000 people
    #44 Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of: 9.689 per 1,000 people
    #45 Greece: 9.6347 per 1,000 people
    #46 Venezuela: 9.307 per 1,000 people
    #47 Thailand: 8.80422 per 1,000 people
    #48 Moldova: 8.58967 per 1,000 people
    #49 Kyrgyzstan: 7.50486 per 1,000 people
    #50 Malaysia: 6.97921 per 1,000 people
    #51 Qatar: 6.76437 per 1,000 people
    #52 Zambia: 5.27668 per 1,000 people
    #53 Colombia: 4.98654 per 1,000 people
    #54 Turkey: 4.11252 per 1,000 people
    #55 Armenia: 4.03889 per 1,000 people
    #56 Georgia: 3.21338 per 1,000 people
    #57 Papua New Guinea: 2.39711 per 1,000 people
    #58 Azerbaijan: 1.76416 per 1,000 people
    #59 India: 1.63352 per 1,000 people
    #60 Yemen: 1.16109 per 1,000 people
    Weighted average: 33.7 per 1,000 people
     
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    #1 South Africa: 12.0752 per 1,000 people
    #2 Montserrat: 10.2773 per 1,000 people
    #3 Mauritius: 8.76036 per 1,000 people
    #4 Seychelles: 8.62196 per 1,000 people
    #5 Zimbabwe: 7.6525 per 1,000 people
    #6 United States: 7.56923 per 1,000 people
    #7 New Zealand: 7.47881 per 1,000 people
    #8 United Kingdom: 7.45959 per 1,000 people
    #9 Canada: 7.11834 per 1,000 people
    #10 Australia: 7.02459 per 1,000 people
    #11 Finland: 5.32644 per 1,000 people
    #12 Iceland: 4.66406 per 1,000 people
    #13 Tunisia: 4.02561 per 1,000 people
    #14 Jamaica: 3.95943 per 1,000 people
    #15 Portugal: 3.59445 per 1,000 people
    #16 Chile: 3.32476 per 1,000 people
    #17 Norway: 3.2064 per 1,000 people
    #18 Netherlands: 2.68964 per 1,000 people
    #19 Ireland: 2.47037 per 1,000 people
    #20 Mexico: 2.40275 per 1,000 people
    #21 Spain: 2.24221 per 1,000 people
    #22 Czech Republic: 2.14803 per 1,000 people
    #23 Zambia: 1.96475 per 1,000 people
    #24 Denmark: 1.80339 per 1,000 people
    #25 France: 1.75554 per 1,000 people
    #26 Germany: 1.4183 per 1,000 people
    #27 Uruguay: 1.34192 per 1,000 people
    #28 Hungary: 1.11532 per 1,000 people
    #29 Slovenia: 1.09796 per 1,000 people
    #30 Hong Kong: 1.07987 per 1,000 people
    #31 Dominica: 1.01407 per 1,000 people
    #32 Poland: 0.850459 per 1,000 people
    #33 Turkey: 0.76779 per 1,000 people
    #34 Slovakia: 0.686982 per 1,000 people
    #35 Colombia: 0.587116 per 1,000 people
    #36 Belarus: 0.543689 per 1,000 people
    #37 Italy: 0.500284 per 1,000 people
    #38 Romania: 0.419615 per 1,000 people
    #39 Bulgaria: 0.41396 per 1,000 people
    #40 Qatar: 0.378888 per 1,000 people
    #41 Latvia: 0.360262 per 1,000 people
    #42 Estonia: 0.345086 per 1,000 people
    #43 Japan: 0.339272 per 1,000 people
    #44 Thailand: 0.313542 per 1,000 people
    #45 Greece: 0.311399 per 1,000 people
    #46 Korea, South: 0.30684 per 1,000 people
    #47 Moldova: 0.272952 per 1,000 people
    #48 Papua New Guinea: 0.243643 per 1,000 people
    #49 India: 0.218755 per 1,000 people
    #50 Costa Rica: 0.178287 per 1,000 people
    #51 Saudi Arabia: 0.178098 per 1,000 people
    #52 Ukraine: 0.112007 per 1,000 people
    #53 Georgia: 0.10434 per 1,000 people
    #54 Indonesia: 0.0767107 per 1,000 people
    #55 Yemen: 0.0489699 per 1,000 people
    #56 Kyrgyzstan: 0.0404197 per 1,000 people
    #57 Azerbaijan: 0.0252781 per 1,000 people
     
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    #1 South Africa: 1.19538 per 1,000 people
    #2 Seychelles: 0.788294 per 1,000 people
    #3 Australia: 0.777999 per 1,000 people
    #4 Montserrat: 0.749384 per 1,000 people
    #5 Canada: 0.733089 per 1,000 people
    #6 Jamaica: 0.476608 per 1,000 people
    #7 Zimbabwe: 0.457775 per 1,000 people
    #8 Dominica: 0.34768 per 1,000 people
    #9 United States: 0.301318 per 1,000 people
    #10 Iceland: 0.246009 per 1,000 people
    #11 Papua New Guinea: 0.233544 per 1,000 people
    #12 New Zealand: 0.213383 per 1,000 people
    #13 United Kingdom: 0.142172 per 1,000 people
    #14 Spain: 0.140403 per 1,000 people
    #15 France: 0.139442 per 1,000 people
    #16 Korea, South: 0.12621 per 1,000 people
    #17 Mexico: 0.122981 per 1,000 people
    #18 Norway: 0.120836 per 1,000 people
    #19 Costa Rica: 0.118277 per 1,000 people
    #20 Venezuela: 0.115507 per 1,000 people
    #21 Finland: 0.110856 per 1,000 people
    #22 Netherlands: 0.100445 per 1,000 people
    #23 Denmark: 0.0914948 per 1,000 people
    #24 Germany: 0.0909731 per 1,000 people
    #25 Bulgaria: 0.0795973 per 1,000 people
    #26 Chile: 0.0782179 per 1,000 people
    #27 Thailand: 0.0626305 per 1,000 people
    #28 Kyrgyzstan: 0.0623785 per 1,000 people
    #29 Poland: 0.062218 per 1,000 people
    #30 Sri Lanka: 0.0599053 per 1,000 people
    #31 Hungary: 0.0588588 per 1,000 people
    #32 Estonia: 0.0547637 per 1,000 people
    #33 Ireland: 0.0542829 per 1,000 people
    #34 Switzerland: 0.0539458 per 1,000 people
    #35 Belarus: 0.0514563 per 1,000 people
    #36 Uruguay: 0.0512295 per 1,000 people
    #37 Lithuania: 0.0508757 per 1,000 people
    #38 Malaysia: 0.0505156 per 1,000 people
    #39 Romania: 0.0497089 per 1,000 people
    #40 Czech Republic: 0.0488234 per 1,000 people
    #41 Russia: 0.0486543 per 1,000 people
    #42 Latvia: 0.0454148 per 1,000 people
    #43 Moldova: 0.0448934 per 1,000 people
    #44 Colombia: 0.0433254 per 1,000 people
    #45 Slovenia: 0.0427648 per 1,000 people
    #46 Italy: 0.0402045 per 1,000 people
    #47 Portugal: 0.0364376 per 1,000 people
    #48 Tunisia: 0.0331514 per 1,000 people
    #49 Zambia: 0.0266383 per 1,000 people
    #50 Ukraine: 0.0244909 per 1,000 people
    #51 Slovakia: 0.0237525 per 1,000 people
    #52 Mauritius: 0.0219334 per 1,000 people
    #53 Turkey: 0.0180876 per 1,000 people
    #54 Japan: 0.017737 per 1,000 people
    #55 Hong Kong: 0.0150746 per 1,000 people
    #56 India: 0.0143187 per 1,000 people
    #57 Qatar: 0.0139042 per 1,000 people
    #58 Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of: 0.0132029 per 1,000 people
    #59 Greece: 0.0106862 per 1,000 people
    #60 Georgia: 0.0100492 per 1,000 people
    #61 Armenia: 0.00938652 per 1,000 people
    #62 Indonesia: 0.00567003 per 1,000 people
    #63 Yemen: 0.0038597 per 1,000 people
    #64 Azerbaijan: 0.00379171 per 1,000 people
    #65 Saudi Arabia: 0.00329321 per 1,000 people
     
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    Crime Statistics > Statistics > Drug offences (Latest available) by country
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    Rank Countries Amount (top to bottom)
    #1 Norway: 987.1 per 100,000 people
    #2 Switzerland: 648.4 per 100,000 people
    #3 New Zealand: 641.6 per 100,000 people
    #4 United States: 560.1 per 100,000 people
    #5 Belgium: 448.7 per 100,000 people
    #6 Thailand: 428.9 per 100,000 people
    #7 Sweden: 349.9 per 100,000 people
    #8 Germany: 297.3 per 100,000 people
    #9 Canada: 285.5 per 100,000 people
    #10 Iceland: 277.9 per 100,000 people
    #11 Finland: 259.7 per 100,000 people
    #12 United Kingdom: 214.3 per 100,000 people
    #13 Ireland: 190.2 per 100,000 people
    #14 France: 176.1 per 100,000 people
    #15 Austria: 149 per 100,000 people
    #16 Italy: 60.3 per 100,000 people
    #17 Portugal: 59.6 per 100,000 people
    #18 Poland: 50.8 per 100,000 people
    #19 Malaysia: 48.6 per 100,000 people
    #20 Netherlands: 47 per 100,000 people
    #21 Singapore: 46.8 per 100,000 people
    #22 Czech Republic: 43.3 per 100,000 people
    #23 Hungary: 34.6 per 100,000 people
    #24 Hong Kong: 34 per 100,000 people
    #25 Greece: 33.3 per 100,000 people
    #26 Spain: 27.9 per 100,000 people
    #27 Mexico: 24.7 per 100,000 people
    #28 Japan: 22.2 per 100,000 people
    #29 Denmark: 17.7 per 100,000 people
    #30 Slovakia: 11.2 per 100,000 people
    #31 Korea, South: 9.9 per 100,000 people
    #32 Turkey: 4.6 per 100,000 people
    #33 China: 3.9 per 100,000 people
    #34 Indonesia: 3.4 per 100,000 people
    Weighted average: 191.1 per 100,000 people
     
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    Crime Statistics > Statistics > Total crimes (Latest available) by country
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    Rank Countries Amount (top to bottom)
    #1 United States: 23,677,800
    #2 Germany: 6,264,720
    #3 United Kingdom: 5,170,830
    #4 France: 3,771,850
    #5 South Africa: 3,422,740
    #6 Russia: 2,952,370
    #7 Canada: 2,476,520
    #8 Japan: 2,443,470
    #9 Italy: 2,205,780
    #10 India: 1,764,630
    #11 Korea, South: 1,543,220
    #12 Chile: 1,409,940
    #13 Mexico: 1,363,710
    #14 Netherlands: 1,305,640
    #15 Poland: 1,266,910
    #16 Spain: 923,271
    #17 Thailand: 565,108
    #18 Ukraine: 553,594
    #19 Finland: 530,270
    #20 Denmark: 504,240
    #21 Hungary: 450,078
    #22 New Zealand: 427,230
    #23 Czech Republic: 391,469
    #24 Romania: 368,025
    #25 Portugal: 363,294
    #26 Zimbabwe: 351,153
    #27 Norway: 330,071
    #28 Turkey: 286,482
    #29 Switzerland: 271,000
    #30 Venezuela: 236,165
    #31 Colombia: 214,192
    #32 Malaysia: 167,173
    #33 Bulgaria: 148,915
    #34 Belarus: 135,540
    #35 Tunisia: 126,576
    #36 Greece: 102,783
    #37 Slovakia: 88,817
    #38 Lithuania: 82,370
    #39 Ireland: 81,274
    #40 Hong Kong: 80,592
    #41 Uruguay: 74,133
    #42 Slovenia: 67,617
    #43 Zambia: 59,426
    #44 Estonia: 57,799
    #45 Latvia: 50,199
    #46 Costa Rica: 48,107
    #47 Jamaica: 39,188
    #48 Kyrgyzstan: 38,620
    #49 Moldova: 38,267
    #50 Mauritius: 35,943
    #51 Yemen: 24,066
    #53 Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of: 19,814
    #54 Georgia: 15,029
    #55 Azerbaijan: 13,958
    #56 Papua New Guinea: 13,292
    #57 Armenia: 12,048
    #58 Dominica: 7,857
    #59 Qatar: 5,838
    #60 Seychelles: 4,297
    #61 Montserrat: 751
    Total: 69,446,061
    Weighted average: 1,157,434.4
     
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    I guess I should move to Switzerland, huh?

    BTW, and this is anecdotal, the reason we have so many laws? ....Lawyers!
     
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    Now that's something we agree on! :) :thumb: :beer2:

    Switzerland? They do get 5 weeks of vacation..... :)
     
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    Statistics are fun but, have you ever spent any time in any of the cute little social democracies of europe?
    Like most kids who grew up in the sixties and seventies, I was taught that America was the most free nation on earth. Went to europe as a young adult expecting to to see people practicaly living in shackles. They weren't. But after 15 years the nuances of American freedom were sorely missed. When I moved back to the states in 1998 I was surprised to see how many things were changing and becoming more like socialist europe.
    It's probably a good idea for us to hang on to the 2nd amendment as long as we can.

    JonB
     
  15. Charles Sullivan

    Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    Hanging on to the second ammendment and enjoying the freedoms enjoyed elswhere need not be mutually exclusive. In fact I would argue that economic security (or our lack of) is the reason that other countries out perform us in regard to crime. OSHA is not the enemy here. That is the political arm of the NRA drawing conclusions. Write (it's taken more seriously than e-mail) OSHA and engage in the democratic process if you don't want them to go down this road. You may be surprised.

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    Yes, I have. 10 years in the military and an interest in travel has brought me to view quite a broad spectrum of world living standards. On the other hand, visiting certainly doesn't really expose one to the realities of living in a country. It does allow for a little keyhole view and the you are correct, often, it's different than one would expect.
     
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    I enjoy getting an education.
    Something we have seen is the political arena in this country justifying it's existence by creating new laws. Without a vote of the people.
    I for one would like to see some changes.
    I believe that the peoples of this country can still stand together and make a difference.
    We the people need to maintain our constitution and all of the amendments.
    Thanks for bring some very interesting facts to light.
    I would like to think my glass is still half full.
     
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    frckin figures, I have always felt the day would come when they would go after the ammo from us. Letter being drafted...
     
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    From an NRA emailing:

    Proposed "Safety" Regulations Withdrawn by OSHA

    7/16/07. OSHA announced it will significantly revise a recent proposal for "explosives safety" regulations that caused serious concern among gun owners. The original regulation was set to regulate workplace safety, but in fact was setting regulations that few ammunition dealers, gun shops, sporting goods stores and distributors could comply with.

    In conjunction with added publicity from the NRA, SAAMI, and NSSF, comments from gun owners, and some pressure from 26 members of Congress, OSHA decided to retract their proposed regulations and "go back to the drawing board".

    To read more about this story, visit the following websites:

    National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) www.nraila.org
    Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) www.saami.org
    National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) www.nssf.org
    Ocupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) www.osha.gov
     

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