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I got a kick out of your comment about cleaning firearms.
Originally posted by IkNOwSTuff
It always amazes me how Americans just dont get it when it comes to guns, despite the fact its legal for most of you to carry weapons for "safety" you have by far and away the highest number of gun deaths in the world. More even than all those backward barbaric African countries where killing the next tribe is an acceptable practice.
The most violent country in Europe: Britain is also worse than South Africa and U.S.
By James Slack
Last updated at 12:14 AM on 3rd July 2009
Britain's violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.
Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world's most dangerous countries.
The figures comes on the day new Home Secretary Alan Johnson makes his first major speech on crime, promising to be tough on loutish behaviour.
The Tories said Labour had presided over a decade of spiralling violence.
In the decade following the party's election in 1997, the number of recorded violent attacks soared by 77 per cent to 1.158million - or more than two every minute.
The figures, compiled from reports released by the European Commission and United Nations, also show:
The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.
It has a higher homicide rate than most of our western European neighbours, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The UK has the fifth highest robbery rate in the EU.
It has the fourth highest burglary rate and the highest absolute number of burglaries in the EU, with double the number of offences than recorded in Germany and France.
But it is the naming of Britain as the most violent country in the EU that is most shocking. The analysis is based on the number of crimes per 100,000 residents.
In the UK, there are 2,034 offences per 100,000 people, way ahead of second-placed Austria with a rate of 1,677.
The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, Canada 935, Australia 92 and South Africa 1,609.
Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: 'This is a damning indictment of this government's comprehensive failure over more than a decade to tackle the deep rooted social problems in our society, and the knock on effect on crime and anti-social behaviour.
Originally posted by kerazeesicko
Originally posted by Skewed
Then in that scenario, the coasts would be flooded with citizens just waiting for the ships to unload. It would be another Normandy beach scenario. We would win, because there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.
You are assuming that every single American would fight with you. Let us say there are millions of guns out there...any number..let us say 30 million..let us say that the gun owners each have multiple guns at least ten guns...that means that only 3, 000, 000 Americans have guns. Even less Americans the more one American has. How about a small group who stockpiles weapons...the numbers would shrink.
Originally posted by captainnotsoobvious
The rest of the world is just fine without their populous being heavily armed. Only America feels the need to define itself through the gun. As far as I can tell American democracy hasn't been protected at all by guns, though they have managed to kill 10s of thousands of innocent people...
America has a kind of mental illness when it comes to guns...
In 1999, 3,385 children and youth ages 0-19 years were killed with a gun. This includes homicides, suicides, and unintentional injuries.
This is equivalent to about 9 deaths per day, a figure commonly used by journalists.
The 3,385 firearms-related deaths for age group 0-19 years breaks down to:
83 for which the intent could not be determined
20 due to legal intervention
Of the total firearms-related deaths:
73 were of children under five years old
416 were children 5-14 years old
2,896 were 15-19 years old
Originally posted by queenofswords
your firearms will be subject to international law should Obama sign this treaty and the Senate ratify it.
Why are people happy to have their kids grow up in gun culture like this?
I am not interested in all the stats you can throw at me about list of murders per head of population. Its about much more than this.
Its about much more than this.
I know I cannot change your mind.
But your on a site that is supposed to be for people who question everything.
Most responders have stated they would die before they would hand over their weapon. Thats a very interesting stance for so many people to take.
I will be honest and say I really cannot understand this stance.
Reflecting on it a little I can only guess that a lot of people have this necessity to have a weapon out of fear.
I just think people who own these weapons and are so obssesed at defending their right to own the gun should examine why they have this obssesion.
That guy Wilt repeatedly posted European only stats as "proof" of how much safer the US was than the rest of the world. Even after it was pointed out to him, he kept posting them.
Sorry Milt, but that's another lie.
The guns that are taken off the streets are re-supplied via things like gun shows, etc.,
I have NO issue with guns for hunting,
This isn't a theory, mind. This is a fact. Look at places that DO control hand guns (now would be a time for your European statistics) and you'll see that there's not millions of guns in the hands of criminals in the UK.