I had read a while back a story about U.S. soldiers going door to door and searching houses for guns. (Sorry don’t have a link) The story was primarily about how the troops did everything they could to be culturally sensitive to the people, but the Iraqis were still pissed when it was over. But the thing that struck me was what they weren’t looking for. It is legal in Bagdad to own a machine gun, as long as you only have one. Can’t do that in the US.
Lott discusses this in an article about guns and crime in Bagdad. He does this because of a quote by Donald Rumsfeld saying the per capita murder rate in Washington D.C. – a city with some of the strictest gun control laws in the US – is higher than Bagdad. In the aftermath of a war. During an active guerilla war.