Thursday, July 2, 2009

But I Thought Guns Were the Problem?

Despite all of the gun control in the UK they are still suffering from alarmingly high violent crime rates. 2,034 per 100,000! Higher than any other EU country, higher than the U.S., and higher than South Africa. To put that crime rate in perspective, the rate in "gun-free" Washington DC for the year 2007 was 1,414.3 / 100,000. The rate for Delaware, where unenlightened, barbaric 'Murricans can strap on a gun and walk around legally was 689.2 / 100,000 in 2007.

Predictably, some idiot will come along and say that it's not true, that gun control in the UK has resulted in far less gun crime than other countries, including the U.S. Funny how they never seem to explain why "gun crime" should be the only determining factor in the discussion.

It would seem to me (and any other rational person) that if violent crimes with firearms decrease 25% but overall violent crimes jump 250% then then overall crime has increased and the country is in fact less safe. Kind of shoots holes in the whole argument that gun control is necessary for "public safety"huh? Then again, coming to such an obvious conclusion would require anti-gunners to be logical and rational. They routinely demonstrate that they are not.

I'm sure I'd be real safe living in a "gun-free" paradise where the violent crime rate is 3 times what it is here in Delaware.

Update - Linoge has an excellent synopsis of how the Brits got to this point. If you want to see the end results of the "progress" that the Brady's and other anti-gun bigots would like to take here in the U.S. look no further than Britain. If the anti-gunners got their way our gun laws would like those in the UK, with the same disasterous results.

H/T to Saysuncle


none said...

Being killed with a knife or bat is much superior to being shot.

Guns are barbaric..clubs are more civilized.

At least that's what I'm getting from the spineless brit government.

Bob S. said...

Predictably, some idiot will come along and say that it's not true,

Not a nice thing to say about MikeB...true but not nice.

Right on cue he piped up on my site..thanks for helping smack him down

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link-up.

As usual, statistics like this only serve to substantiate my point that "gun control advocates" are, in fact, aiding and abetting criminals by disarming the law-abiding populace.

In other news, I just love it when anti-rights advocates get their collective nethers handed to them on silver platters.

mike's spot said...

great points Mike. I had an opportunity to sit with a Mayor and chat during my trip to Massachusetts.

The area I was in had a number of shootings over the past few days, and the murder rate for 09 has outpaced the past 3 years already.

When asked about the subject, the first suggestion from him was stricter control on guns. When I pointed out that all the stories mentioned the guns were obtained illegally, and all the victims and shooters apprehended so far were felons who could not legally own a gun he confided a very interesting point in me:

He had a concealed carry permit, though he never has purchased a gun, and would like his children to get permits as well. Eventually, he wants his whole family to carry.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't effectively / politely convey that the position he held was not only elitist, but was in opposition to the legislation he sought to 'help'.

I truly think he thought he was on to something.