this guy is a wanker! He has no facts and he is completely wrong because of it... he's drinking koolaid
Here are the facts:
According to the CIA (US Central Intelligence Agency)
The population of britain is 60,943,912 (July 2008 est.)
The population of the USA is 303,824,640 (July 2008 est.)
Violent crime rate of UK in 05/06: 1,220,198 <(taken sept'05 to sept'06...)
that is a conservative estimate because the UK does not list anything about children under 16 anytime before '04.
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Violent Crime rate of USA in 05: 1,390,645 Jan'05 to Dec'05
Violent Crime rate of USA in 06: 1,418,043 Jan'06 to Dec'06
This is also a conservative estimate because the US does everything different from the UK, such as: we do our stats from the start of the year to the end of it while, the UK starts in September and ends in September. I gave both '05 and '06 of the US to show comparison and to stay accurate.
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Now lets stop for a second... He is right in that the violent crime rate is higher, however the US has %500 more people in it than the UK: for every UK citizen there is 4.99 (or essentially 5) more US citizens, i.e. there are 5 times as many US citizens as UK citizens. Given this information we can easily see that per citizen
the crime rate in the UK is much much higher than in the US!!
The FBI does some calculations and notes that per 100,000 citizens the crime rate in '05 is: 469.2
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The BCS as of 2003 says the violent crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants is: ~4,000
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That makes it look like UK has a VIOLENT
crime rate that is 10 times higher
than that of the US!!
Now given all of this information, the Homicide rate in the UK is much less and the amount of people killed with guns is much less (A lot less!) in the UK (which is not hard to deduce given the homicide rate is less and they have a ban on guns).
And to be fair the statistical analyses in the US and UK do not exactly adhere to the same yard stick (or meter stick if you're a brit) in that their classifications of certain crimes are much different. These are rough numbers gathered from statistics that each country thinks is relevant to itself. For example the UK includes assault without injury as a violent crime while the US does not, and that specific category comprises ~%30 of violent crime in the UK. But no matter what the gov't enacts, the bad guys will always have guns! And with the giant population difference between the US and the UK its almost like comparing apples to oranges. This guy writes that most of the gun related violence is because of gangs, well we could argue the same thing except the gangs in the the US are much more prevalent partly due to illegal immigration issues, drug trafficking, and gun running which the UK doesn't have as much of because the UK is so small in comparison to the US and its a damn island!
In my honest opinion I believe the UK should continue to tighten gun control and all its governmental regulations and I'll watch and see what happens when they are invaded by some military and the sillynannies and soggy crumpets drinking their ale will he utterly helpless in their own homes because they couldn't lawfully own a proven mechanism of defense known as a gun.