Chicago Tribune Lies That the U.S. Has Highest Rate of Violent Crime in Industrialized World

by Feb 10, 2013Liberty & Economy6 comments

So what was that about the U.S. having the highest rate of violent crime in the industrialized world because of its lack of gun control laws?

Mainstream media outlets in the U.S. seem to have no qualms at all about making statements that are deceptive at best or outright lying in order to promote this gun-control agenda. I recently read an editorial in the Chicago Tribune from December, for example, that contained the following statement:

It has to focus on why the United States has the highest rate of gun ownership of any industrialized nation and the highest rate of violent crime.

That is a lie. First of all, according to FBI statistics, the violent crime rate in the U.S. has dropped by nearly half since the early ’90s. So let’s compare the rate in the U.S. to, say, Canada. In 2011 the violent crime rate in the U.S. was 386.3 per 100,000. In Canada that year, the violent crime rate was 866 per 100,000, more than double the U.S.‘sHow about 2010? A rate 404.5 in the U.S. compared to 903 in Canada. 2009? 431.9 in the U.S. to 922 in Canada. Get the picture? The Tribune nevertheless states:

It’s time to evaluate the experience of other nations such as Canada, which requires a firearms safety course, a license and a waiting period for any firearms purchase, and has a drastically lower rate of violent crime.

In the words of Paul Simon’s “The Boxer”, lie lie lie lie lie lie lie la la lie lie lie.

So let’s compare Australia, which also has strict gun control laws. In 2007 (the latest year I found statistics on), there were 215,208 violent crimes (including homicides, assaults, sexual assaults, robberies, and kidnappings), so with a population of 21,181,000, that’s a violent crime rate of 1,016 per 100,000 — well over twice the rate of violent crime in the U.S. that year, at 471.8. And comparing other years produces similar results.

How about in Britain, where there are also very strict gun control laws? In 2011, in England and Wales, there were 762,515 incidents of violent crime, so with a population of 56,100,000, that’s a rate of 1,359. That’s about three and a half times the rate of violent crime in the U.S.

So what was that about the U.S. having the highest rate of violent crime in the industrialized world because of its lack of gun control laws?

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    • Jeremy R. Hammond

      That murder is worse than a punch in a bar fight is of little condolence to a woman who is raped because bureaucrats legislated away here right to defend herself, etc. The gun-control agenda is being pushed through fear of rifles like the AR-15, which Congress has dubbed an “assault rifle” even though it is not automatic but semi-automatic. Yet only about 2% of gun crimes are committed with “assault” weapons (including pistols). More people are murdered in the U.S. with blunt objects like baseball bats than with rifles. Nearly twice as many people are killed by fists and feet as by rifles. Nearly five times as many people are killed with knives or sharp objects as by rifles.

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  1. Ron Siewert

    Please stop with the strawman bullshit.

      • Thiswebsiteisretarded

        You’re using numbers for ”crimes of violence” in canada VS Violent crimes in the US. You fail to realize that the two are not the same.
        Violent crime in the US includes murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault

        Whereas if you just ”beat someone up” in canada it’s considered a violent crime.

        Your whole premise is pretty retarded and what you wrote makes you look like a fool.

      • Jeremy R. Hammond

        I’m using numbers for, quote, “violent crimes”, unquote, in both countries. True, “violent crimes” may be defined differently in different countries; nevertheless, the statistics show that the violent crime rate is much higher in Canada. If you can present statistics suggesting otherwise or show that this is solely due to the difference in definitions, you are welcome to do so. If you can’t, that makes your premise pretty retarded and your comment make you look like a fool.

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