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Originally posted by Vox Populi
Conversely why would Americans, or anybody else for that matter concern themselves over UK domestic laws?
Scotland has been named the most violent country in the developed world.
A United Nations report claims more than 2,000 Scots are assaulted every week - almost 10 times official police figures.
The study - which does not include figures for murder, muggings or sexual assaults - claims that together, England and Wales are the second most dangerous countries.
Experts say Britain's heavy-drinking habits are to blame.
The UN claims the attacks have been fuelled by a "booze and blades" culture in the west of Scotland with the worst offenders being males aged between 15 and 25.
Violent crime has doubled in the country over the past 20 years to a level comparable with crime-ridden cities like Rio de Janeiro.
By contrast, Japan was named in the UN report as the least violent nation, followed by Italy and Portugal.
Only 0.1% of Japanese have been victims of assault compared with 3% of Scots, 2.8% in England and Wales, and 2% in America.
The study is based on phone interviews with victims of crime in 21 countries.
UN spokesman Jan Van Dijk said: "Our survey is more accurate than the official figures because there is a huge proportion of crimes that go unreported.
"We have seen a trend in Scotland and the proportion has almost doubled since 1989 and risen 1.9% in 1996. This is very significant and is a clear upward trend."
Crime Statistics > Total crimes (most recent) by country
Originally posted by cavscout
Someone said once that an armed populace is a polite populace; it would seem that our Brit friends are proving that.
Why not hit someone if you get mad? Well, in the US the answer is because it is highly likely (at least in some of the less crime ridden areas of our nation) that the person you are about to attack or someone in the vicinity has a gun on them, and if you follow through, you may just be staring at the wrong end of it. Keeps us nice.
Brits, on the other hand, are guaranteed by their government that the person they are about to assault is unarmed and therefore less likely to defend himself.
How simple is that to understand? You don’t hit or holdup people who have guns in their waistband!
PS - Hate to say it friends, but many of us blodthirsty gun hugging Americans told you so years ago.
[edit on 24-11-2005 by cavscout]