Posted: Mar 08, 2018 8:41 pm
by OlivierK
Cito di Pense wrote:One difference between US society and some other societies is that it is actually illegal in the latter to threaten someone else with violence or coercion.

That's an interesting perspective. Care to give examples of what you mean? I'd be interested in what specific kinds of behaviour you're talking about, and examples of jurisdictions in which that behaviour would be treated differently. On a cursory inspection, I just picked out a US state (Oklahoma) and looked at their assault law, which strikes me as almost identical to my own jurisdiction (NSW, Australia), but Australia doesn't have a great record on assault rates either so perhaps there are places that are better than both with laws worth looking at.

Although, you know, there's a problem with the "it isn't the guns" argument if a country with high assault rates like Australia still manages to have minimal gun violence (and, as a corollary, a homicide rate around five times lower than that of the US).