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Guns and Crime USA/England

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by jakearoo, Dec 19, 2007.

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  1. jakearoo

    jakearoo Active Member

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    I just read a very interesting article from the BBC news on another BBS. Next time you find yourself discussing gun ownership with and anti, you may wish to direct them to this article. I quote in part below:

    "The 'wild west' image is out of date
    Old stereotypes die hard and the vision of Britain as a peaceable kingdom, America as "the wild west culture on the other side of the Atlantic" is out of date. It is true that in contrast to Britain's tight gun restrictions, half of American households have firearms, and 33 states now permit law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons.

    But despite, or because, of this, violent crime in America has been plummeting for 10 consecutive years, even as British violence has been rising. By 1995 English rates of violent crime were already far higher than America's for every major violent crime except murder and rape.

    You are now six times more likely to be mugged in London than New York. Why? Because as common law appreciated, not only does an armed individual have the ability to protect himself or herself but criminals are less likely to attack them. They help keep the peace. A study found American burglars fear armed home-owners more than the police. As a result burglaries are much rarer and only 13% occur when people are at home, in contrast to 53% in England. "
     
  2. Pull & Mark

    Pull & Mark Well-Known Member

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