Why, is it preferable to be killed by a bolt action firearm or a handgun that has to be cocked each time it's fired? Are you somehow less dead or better dead because of that?
My issue with the pro-gun crowd is the knee-jerk response that, any attempt at making it more difficult to buy or sell certain types of guns will lead to a ban on all guns.
Just as grenades and tanks aren't domestic weapons, certain types of firearms have no place outside of combat.
The US, as of last census, has 356,000,000.
According to Mike Huckabee on his talk show this morning, gun crime, per capita in thee UK is actually slightly higher than in the US as well as violent crime per capita. That surprised me me, I'm not sure I'll believe that til I check a little further.
The dubious distinction of having the most gun violence goes to Honduras, at 68.43 homicides by firearm per 100,000 people, even though it only has 6.2 firearms per 100 people. Other parts of South America and South Africa also rank highly, while the United States is somewhere near the mid-range. Still, America sees far more gun violence than countries in Europe, and Canada, India and Australia, which is perhaps how it gets its bloody reputation among comparatively peaceful nations.
When a person kills another in the United States, though, he or she generally uses a gun: 60 percent of U.S. homicides occur using a firearm, which is the 26th-highest rate in the world. (In other gun-permeated countries, such as Finland (45.3 guns per 100 people), only about 19 percent of homicides involve a firearm.
A breakdown of the statistics, which were compiled into league tables by the Conservatives, revealed that violent crime in the UK had increased from 652,974 offences in 1998 to more than 1.15 million crimes in 2007.
It means there are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the UK, making it the most violent place in Europe.
By comparison, America has an estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 population.
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