Richard Poe points out that the murder rate is but one facet of the total crime picture. Burglary, rape and other crimes need to be discussed in a comprehensive discussion. Drugs and gangs also need to be addressed in a discussion as well.
The gun control zealots point to the homicide rates in comparison between the countries such as the UK , USA and Japan. This is but one part of the overall story.
In the USA guns are more common in Vermont then in New York. Vermont has a sporting tradition and hunting is a way of life. The smallest boro in New York city and my hometown Staten Island has roughly 3/4 of the population of Vermont. Contrary to popular fiction one can find drugs fairly easily in Vermont. However there is nothing remotely close to the gang warfare or turf battles. There is not enough population or money to warrant a turf war. A police officer scolded me for reading a book in the park. "What is the matter with you don't you notice the drug dealing" he said. "Officer I am from NYC and lived for years near Washington Square Park. Drug dealing in a park makes me homesick." Only Jason Pappas might appreciate that quip as he is well aquainted with the area in question.
Similarly Switzerland has a culture of gun ownership with crime rates lower or near the quasi utopian havens that the gun control nuts cite. Like Vermont Switzerland has a gun ownership tradition. Although it is known for its neutrality it has a lengthy history of militia and military participation.
Poe also describes the level of police involvement in Japan. Police visit homes twice a year and prepare lengthy reports on personal lives.There is no trial by jury in Japan and suspects may be tortured. Most on the far left seem to notice torture only when it involves panties on heads or naked twister. Sadly genuine torture is a real problem in much of the world. Leftist like 167 dismiss third world brutality while fulminating on the USA and Israel 24/7.
Contrary to popular belief one is far more likely to have their home burglarized or be held up at gun point in the UK then the USA. Poe attributes this to gun ownership
but incarceration is a factor as well. In the United States criminals avoid robing homes with people inside known as hot burglaries. Half the homes in the USA have guns
and a criminal could easily aquire a toe tag. In the UK and Canada hot burglaries account for 50% of all burglaries and a mere 13% of those in the USA. Acording to the International Crime Victims survey Australia led the world in the percentage of crime victims and England was prominently placed near the top. The USA did not even rank in the top 10 industrialized nations. Gun ownership and incarcerating criminals seems to work. The demographic trends in Europe will likely exacerbate these crime rates further. I wonder what category torching cars in France falls under.
Poe has started to alter my thinking somewhat. I was never a gun control freak but not a vocal supporter of the second amendment. He does seem to be able to formulate a convincing argument.
Comming up Tommorow Gun Myth number 2