I’ve only researched the topic in the light of what happens here in my home of the United States, so all information unless otherwise noted should be thought of as being in relation to the U.S.
I noticed that in Democracy, less restrictions on handguns seems to increase violent crime, but statistics in the state do not at all show this to be the case. It appears to be more of an assumption than a researched position to say that violent crime increases with relaxed gun laws.
Rather than simply offering an opinion, I offer you these statistics with sources for your own usage.
Table 1 states that according to polls taken by various sources with various questions of a various time frame show the "estimated annual number of defensive uses of guns of all types against humans, excluding uses connected with military or police duties, after any necessary adjustments were made, for U.S., 1993. " falling between 760000 to 3.6 million.
Table 2 shows the number of persons using a hangun in an act of self defense at somewhere between 1.54 and 1.89 million.
In the United States during 1997, there were 15,289 murders. Of these, 10,369 were committed with firearms.
In the United States during 1997, there were approximately 7,927,000 violent crimes. Of these, 691,000 were committed with firearms.
Down the page, under the Right-to-Carry Laws section:
Florida adopted a right-to-carry law in 1987. Between 1987 and 1996, these changes occurred:
Florida United States
homicide rate -36% -0.4%
firearm homicide rate -37% +15%
handgun homicide rate -41% +24%
221,443 concealed carry licenses were issued in Florida between October of 1987 and April of 1994. During that time, Florida recorded 18 crimes committed by licensees with firearms. (15)
As of 1998, nationwide, there has been 1 recorded incident in which a permit holder shot someone following a traffic accident. The permit holder was not charged, as the grand jury ruled the shooting was in self defense.
As of 1998, no permit holder has ever shot a police officer. There have been several cases in which a permit holder has protected an officer’s life.
Parents should be far more worried about children in cars than the effects of relaxing gun laws:
1995 Fatal Accident Totals
Motor Vehicles 43,900
Firearm 1,400 (1.5% of fatal accidents)
For Children 14 and Under
Motor Vehicles 3,059
Firearm 181 (2.7% of fatal accidents)
I won’t debate the parents worries so much since there is a public PERCEPTION that handguns are such an evil, but as statistics show, far more evil in the form of rape and murder are prevented yearly than those children who die because of firarms as a whole, and those statistics directly above reflect all firearms deaths, not just handguns.
I will certainly debate the idea that crime in any form goes up with relaxed gun laws. While ex-convicts are not permitted to legally own guns, according the above site, the FBI’s statistics show only 7% of the population who intends to use a gun illegally buy their guns legally anyhow.
For the UK, I submit this:
From 2001: “A new study suggests the use of handguns in crime rose by 40% in the two years after the weapons were banned.”
This goes directly against the game dynamics and suggests that the affect in the game does not reflect the results in real life.
I encourage the game designers to look at this and other evidence and make sure that the game results accurately reflect real life results.