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.‘s. How 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?