Friday, August 14, 2009

Britain: Europe's most violent country.

The most violent country in Europe: Britain is also worse than South Africa and U.S.

Of particular note was this. Of course they are taking into account all violent crime and not just "gun crime" as the anti-gunners tend to do:
The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, Canada 935, Australia 92 and South Africa 1,609.

Some interesting numbers there. The US, being saturated in guns, has a lower "violence rate" than it's equally gun-saturated, yet more restrictive neighbor to the north. However, the island nation of Australia has a much lower violence rate than the island nation of the UK, despite their similar gun laws. Even more interesting is that the French are apparently more violent than the Americans. I guess I better think twice before making any jokes about selling French WWII rifles.

So what's the moral of this? If you want to be "safe" either live on a homogeneous island or let law-abiding people arm themselves.

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