Originally Posted by jazzguru
Violence is violence, is it not?
You are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime in the U.K. than in the U.S. This is an undisputed fact.disputed fact.
And in the U.S., you have greater odds of dying by:
Heart disease (1 in 6)
Cancer (1 in 7)
Stroke (1 in 29)
Motor vehicle incidents (1 in 98)
Intentional self-harm (1 in 109)
Unintentional poisoning by and exposure to noxious substances (1 in 126)
and Falls (1 in 163)
than by Assault by firearm (1 in 321)
You are so wrong it's not funny. First of all, what's catagorized as a violent crime in the UK is quite different from the US. Our whole society is quite different.
I visited my aunt for Christmas. Her oldest and best friend, who she's known since she was about 17 and she's now in her late seventies, had a husband and whilst they were living in the US he had a patient visit his surgery who shot him dead. I like her, other than her best friend, have never known anyone killed in an attack. I lived in Baltimore and saw two different store owners killed. One was killed going to the bank with his takings the other in his store. I was only there foir ten years. I've never known anyone killed who owns a store in the UK.
The UK has violent crime, there's no doubt, everywhere does.The UK has a bout 300 knife/stabbing deaths a year. The US has about 1,700. Population wise then they occur at about the same rate. Those 300 homicides though make up more than half of our homicides. We have about 50 gun deaths a year. The USA has over 10,000. In fact, the accidental gun deaths in the USA, are higher than the total homicides than the whole of the UK per year.
When it comes to reducing crime though, I somewhat empathize with you and MJ. The gangs, (who are largely black in the UK who use firearms to conduct their business) are not going to lose out if guns are banned, quite the reverse. Incidents of school shootings etc and partners shootings their wives etc, no doubt would decline.
The way I see it is sensible gun laws and legalazing drugs, to a degree is the way to go. Those who owns guns need to have them registered and inspected for safe storage. A safe kept in concrete, so it's not removable and a valid liscence that has to be renewed each year should be a minimum requirement.