Irish gun killings five times that of England and Wales…

And that’s just in the south. Conor Lally with a front page piece in the Irish Times today:

In 2008, for example, some 38.2 per cent of murders and manslaughters committed in the Republic involved firearms. During the same year, just 6.8 per cent of murders and manslaughters committed in England and Wales involved a firearm.

However the homicide rates themselves are comparable, so it’s not that Ireland is more dangerous than England, but it would seem that it has greater ease of access to guns than England and Wales. Still it would be good to see the long term comparisons.

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