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Old May 15 2013, 03:28 AM   #253
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Re: 5 year old given rifle as gift, kills 2 year old sister

gturner wrote: View Post
The European homicide rate prior to the wide adoption of the flintlock usually ran somewhere between 20 to 100 per 100,000.
Accurate statistics on crime and violence in pre-flintlock times are hard to come by.

Semi automatic pistols existed for most of that particular 100 year period. There was also not much in the way of actual law enforcement at the beginning of it.

Of course, perhaps I'm trying to trick people into reading really interesting studies of violent crime trends throughout history. It's a place where a dedicated researcher can actually produce a lot of data because crime has always generated a lot of public records.
Or maybe you are mistaking the statistics of those times for accurate ones.
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