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and...go(pun intended).

Good luck.

U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:43 PM ET

By Laura MacInnis

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.

"There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10 people," it said.

India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100 people.

Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.

On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.

France, Canada, Sweden, Austria and Germany were next, each with about 30 guns per 100 people, while many poorer countries often associated with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance, had just one gun per 100 people.

"Firearms are very unevenly distributed around the world. The image we have of certain regions such as Africa or Latin America being awash with weapons -- these images are certainly misleading," Small Arms Survey director Keith Krause said.

"Weapons ownership may be correlated with rising levels of wealth, and that means we need to think about future demand in parts of the world where economic growth is giving people larger disposable income," he told a Geneva news conference.

The report, which relied on government data, surveys and media reports to estimate the size of world arsenals, estimated there were 650 million civilian firearms worldwide, and 225 million held by law enforcement and military forces.

Five years ago, the Small Arms Survey had estimated there were a total of just 640 million firearms globally.

"Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we previously believed," Krause said, attributing the increase largely to better research and more data on weapon distribution networks.

Only about 12 percent of civilian weapons are thought to be registered with authorities

An example:

It is not uncommon for a person to answer a description of the
hierarchy of law firms with a flat denial that the bar is really ranked.
Lawyers of lower middle-class background tend to have far more direct
political power in the state governments than "elite" lawyers, even under
Republican administrations. Furthermore, every lawyer knows of instances
of real friendship, seemingly outside and beyond the distinctions that are
supposed to be so important, and can cite examples of lower middle-class
lawyers in upper middle-class law firms, and vice versa. There are many
lawyers who seem to defy hierarchical classification and law firms and law
schools that do likewise, so that one can argue that the hierarchy claim that
everyone and everything is ranked breaks down the minute you try to give
concrete examples. I have been told often enough that I may be right about the
 pervasiveness of ranking but that the speaker has never noticed
it himself, treats all lawyers in the same way, regardless of their class or
professional standing, and has never, except in an occasional very bizarre
case, found lawyers Violating the egalitarian norm.
When the person making these claims is a rich corporate lawyer who
was my prep-school classmate, I tend to interpret them as a willful denial
of the way he is treated and treats others. When the person speaking is
someone I perceive as less favored by the system (say, a woman of lower
middle-class origin who went to Brooklyn Law School and now works for a
small struggling downtown law firm), it is harder to know how to react.
Maybe I'm just wrong about what it's like out there. Maybe my preoccupation
with the horrors of hierarchy is just a way to wring the last ironic drop
of pleasure from my own hierarchical superiority. But I don't interpret it
that way. The denial of hierarchy is false consciousness. The problem is
not whether hierarchy is there, but how to understand it, and what its
implications are for political action.

The very next sentence:

The strategy I am advocating is that of building a left bourgeois intelligentsia
that might one day join together with a mass movement for the
radical transformation of American society.

Since many of you plan to spend most of your lives working full time for causes you support, I thought I might ask why you picked the most direct route. Keep in mind when answering that there are plenty of options, some of which might address the need better than your direct efforts. Also, what is it that primarily motivates your interest in your area (intellectual interest, misgivings about the money/opportunities you've earned/been handed, philanthropic desires, etc.), perhaps to your own detriment or that of your future family i.e., future medical problems and other general concerns that you could avoid.

General Off-Topic Board / A Law Professor's Memoir of Schizophrenia
« on: August 07, 2007, 12:49:05 PM »
Heard this earlier on Fresh Air. Audio should be up anytime.

General Off-Topic Board / Poll: Did you ever use drugs?
« on: August 05, 2007, 07:22:29 PM »
If so, why?

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