Friday, January 18, 2013

Facts for Morgan

A friend opined that Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan is just angry because armed private American citizens sent his forefathers back to England. I don't watch Morgan enough to say; I can normally bear to watch only short installments.

His facts seem to need a bit of help too. From Bill Swan's "Reality Check" -- see

Morgan: Having banned guns about 15 years ago, the U.K. had only 35 gun-related deaths in 2011. The U.S. had 11,000 that year.

Fact Check 1: FBI crime stats show that, of the 12,664 U.S. homicides in 2011, 8,583 were gun-related. About 1,000 of those were ruled to be justifiable homicides (i.e. law enforcement acts and self-defense by citizens).

Fact Check 2: The U.K. had 59 gun-related homicides in 2011, not 35.

Morgan: The U.K. (63 million subjects) serves as a model of what the U.S. (315 million citizens) should be doing.

Fact Check 3: In the European Union (EU), the U.K. has (a) the 2nd highest crime rate, (b) the 5th highest robbery rate, and (c) the 4th highest burglary rate.

Fact Check 4: The E.U. recognized the U.K. as its most violent member country, with 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The U.S. has only 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Despite having the highest gun ownership rates in the world, the U.S. is 28th in gun-related homicides; the overall murder rate: 2.97 per 100,000.

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