IS THERE A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GUNS AND FREEDOM? COMPARATIVE RESULTS FROM FIFTY-NINE NATIONS by ProQuest

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5 Conversely, guns in the hands of warlords and terrorists have played a major role in harming civil society in modern nations such as Lebanon and the Ivory Coast.6 Increased United Nations attention to the gun control issue in the 1990s and the early 21st century has resulted in much greater academic interest in international firearms issues.7 It is now possible to use a large panel, consisting of fifty-nine nations, to test for a relationship between increased gun density and various measures of freedom.8 Using data on per capita firearm ownership from the Small Arms Survey,9 this Article examines the relationship between per capita firearm rates and several measures of freedom. 24 Of the 159 United Nations member states included in the Corruption Perceptions Index in 2006, the overall average rating was 4.0, which means that government officials frequently abuse their authority and power to gain personal benefits.25 C. Heritage Foundation's Ratings of Economic Freedom The Heritage Foundation's annual Index of Economic Freedom analyzes ten economic variables.26 The Index of Economic Freedom defines economic freedom: [It] encompasses all liberties and rights of production, distribution, or consumption of goods and services.

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