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When Gun Control Satire Becomes Reality

ElihuE Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 3:18 PM
Citizens of Britain have been somewhat obtuse (and I'm being kind) for millennia.
rwright Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 1:37 AM
And they are also 30 times less likely to be murdered than their American cousins.
NovusOrdoSeclorum Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 2:23 AM
Do you have a basis for that statement?
a234 Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 7:42 AM
The murder rate per 100,000 in the UK is 1.2 while in the US it is 4.8, so you are four times less likely to be murdered in the UK not 30 times less likely.
However, you're five times more likely to be robbed, assaulted, or raped in the UK than in the US.
Violent crime rate in the UK is 2034 per 100,000 and in the US it is 466 per 100,000.
These data are readily found on the internet.
ayrshireman Wrote: Dec 29, 2012 8:42 AM
The discrepancy is due to the UK having 28 seperate violent offences on its statute books. Burglary is the UK's biggest violent crime. And you arent five times more likely to be raped in the UK. The actual rape figures available would suggest its more or less even stevens between the US and UK.
FletchforFreedom Wrote: Dec 28, 2012 3:42 PM
ayrhead is certainly proving that.

Back in my less sophisticated days (shocking as it may seem, I wasn’t always the mature, statesmanlike figure I am today), I sometimes resorted to silly arguments when debating gun control, such as, “does this mean you want to ban knives since they also can be used to kill people?”

Smarter opponents would scoff and accuse me of knocking down straw men, assuming a non-existent slippery slope, or engaging in reductio ad absurdum.

I wasn’t even sure what the last one meant, but I secretly felt chagrined because I also thought the...