Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cincinnati TV News Debunks Piers Morgan

So Piers Morgan, the slimey limey over at CNN, thinks the US should become more like Great Britain and ban guns. To do so, he's claiming statistics showing the UK has a much lower gun homicide rate than the US.

But a Fox affiliate in Cincinnati found Morgan's claims were not true (Newsbusters).

“The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, an average of 88 guns per 100 people,” Swann stated. “That puts it first in the world for gun ownership.”
If there was a significant correlation between gun ownership and homicide, America should therefore be one of the highest nations in the world in terms of gun-related murders per fixed number of people.
Not so said Swann. “Honduras, El Salvador, and Jamaica have higher rates. So do 24 other countries. The U.S., despite being number one in gun ownership is number 28 in gun homicide with a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 people.”
But here’s where it really gets interesting.

“The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU,” Swann said. “The UK has the fifth highest robbery rate, the fourth highest burglary rate. But more importantly, the EU named Britain as the most violent country in the EU.”
Swann noted that in the UK, there are 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people. By contrast, there are 466 violent crimes per 100,000 here in America.
“We’re not even in the top ten,” Swann said.
This means that Britain’s violent crime rate is over five times that of the U.S
Well, well! What do you have to say to that, Piers?

Maybe we could always arrange another visit from Uncle Ted to deliver these inconvenient stats to Morgan.

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