Thursday, June 28, 2007

Guns and crime

Interesting article on violent crime in England & Wales. Seems that violent crime there is 82% higher than previously reported. Whoops.

The UK is always touted as an example by the gun control crowd, since handgun ownership is illegal. So, I wanted to take a look at the numbers and see if there is truth there.
Britain and Wales
Population of Britain and Wales: 53,390,300 (2005)
Violent crime in Britain and Wales: 2,420,000 (section 5.3, 2005/2006)
Violent crime per 1000 people: 45.33

Violent crime (per The Independent): 4,400,000(2005/2006)
Violent crime per 1000 people: 82.41

USA
Population of USA: 288,378,137 (2005)
Violent crime in USA:5,400,790(table1, 2005)
violent crime per 1000 people: 18.73

Wow! Not what you expected? Surely this has worked somewhere? Australia? Nope. Face the facts, less guns does not equal less crime. Want to know how this works, check out More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott Jr., or just berate me for not protecting the children. Your choice...

1 comment:

Nola Blogger said...

Lefties will never in a million years acknowledge the fact that gun control is a failure. Let's face it, all gun control does is take the means of self defense out of the hands of the law-abiding. Criminals will obtain guns, whether they're legal or not.