posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 05:25 PM
This debate was doing it's round's on ATS a few month's ago.
In similar vain, the statistics were being thrown around as an argument or justification by pro gun group's and individual's.
The debate was flawed then as it still is now.... It as already been established that there is no credible way to compare the two countries crime and
violent crime statistics accurately.
I knew very little about crime statistics until the media hype that declared the UK was a more violent and dangerous place to live than South Africa
according to statistics. Now I'm no statistician, but to anyone in their right mind that kinda jumps out as sounding more than a little amiss! So I
sent myself off to be educated a little more about it and discovered the differences in definitions and the way crime is reported and reflected in
statistics in different countries make's it an impossible tool for comparison purposes.
I am anti gun in my own country...the law's in my own country regarding the possession of firearms suit's me just fine. But that's not to say I
believe gun ownership in the US should be banned as I don't particularly think it is the answer to any of your problem's.
But I do wish people wouldn't use my country by portraying us in a less favourable way using data and making flawed comparison's just to further an
argument you need to settle on your own shore.
Just as a side note....considering that the US has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world and the gap between the US and the UK
incarceration rates are huge!.....I'm actually surprised you have any criminal's left on the street!
Even if I was to buy into comparing US v UK
crime statistics ( which I don't) There could be an argument that far lower incarceration rates in the UK may have a bigger impact on the number's
of crimes committed here in the UK than any variable associated with gun control.