January 11, 2013

Over the past few weeks the argument over gun control has raged. The gun control debate is highly-emotional, with both sides throwing out statistics in an effort to sway Americans to either side of the aisle.

Since the Sandy Hook shooting last month, CNN’s Piers Morgan has emerged as a vocal proponent for increased gun control laws. This week, after Morgan’s very public, on-air spat with radio host Alex Jones of, the watching world has been hit by the extremes of both sides of the argument.

I thought I would take a look at the statistics themselves and be as objective as possible because I know that there are answers "out there" which neither "extreme side" is providing us.

During his exchange with Jones, the CNN host Morgan alleged that Great Britain only had 35 gun-related murders in 2011 compared to 11,000 that unfolded in the U.S. during that same timeframe. Let's begin debunking there.

The stat that Piers Morgan continually threw out - 35, is wrong. Remember that Great Britain outlawed guns 16 years ago. The issue is not the gun ban. The issue is the stats.

According to FBI crime stats for 2011, there were 12,664 homicides in the United States. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms. Morgan said there were 11,000, being off only by 2400. 400 of the 8,583 gun-related deaths were classified as "justifiable" homicides by law enforcement and an additional 260 were justifiable by private citizens.

In fairness now, it is true that percentagewise Great Britain has a lower gun homicide rate. With a population of  62.6 million Britain saw 59 gun related homicides for 2011 (not 35 according to Morgan). But it shouldn't be surprising that the gun homicide rate in a country that bans guns should be lower than in a country that doesn't ban them.

Where the argument falls apart is when you attempt to claim that fewer guns equal less crime.

The U.S. has the highest gun ownership in the world with an average of 88 guns per 100 people which puts the U.S. as first in the world for gun ownership. Yemen is second with 54.8 guns per 100 people.

Now you would think this means the U.S. has the highest gun murder rate in the world, correct?

Hold on to your hat, my Dear Gun-grabbing Commie, ur, I mean Mr. Nice Democrat. Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica have the highest gun murder rates in the world, and an additional twenty-four other nations are ahead of the United States which ranks 28th in the world with 2.97 gun homicides per 100,000 people.

You read that right! Despite being number one in gun ownership, the U.S. is 28th in gun deaths.

Of course, Piers Morgan is not calling on the U.S. to be like Honduras or El Salvador. He is calling on us to be like Great Britain. So what do the numbers look like across the pond?

According to the European Union, the United Kingdom has the second highest overall crime rate in all of Europe! The UK has the fifth highest robbery rate and the fourth highest burglary rate. But here's the most important stat of them all. The EU names Great Britain as the most violent country in Europe!

In the United Kingdom there are 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people. That puts Britain way ahead of South Africa with 1,609 violent crimes per 100,000 people. In the United States, there is a violent crime rate of 466 per 100,000 people. We are not even in the top twenty for violent crimes!

What this means is that while people like Piers Morgan insist the United States can learn from Great Britain, well, maybe we can. We can learn that violent crime is not the result of a gun or any other tool. It is the result of the heart of men and women.

Alex Jones may comes across as crazy, someone too passionate about gun rights that he would be the last person on earth you would want to have a gun. But I'd take his passion over Piers Morgan's lies. Who do you think the Democrats will side with?

In the next few days, as the Obama Administration along with the other Secular-Progressive, Neo-Marxist, Antonio Gramsci Communist Democrats in Congress plow ahead with the determination of King Odysseus to put the screws on gun owners across the country, we won't hear about the heart of man. We will hear only about the "collective" necessity to save our children from the implements (guns) of hate. Democrats are good at dealing with hate since they are the provocateurs of it. I guess one cannot expect them to eliminate who they are.

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