Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gun Murders In US 48 Times More Frequently Than In Britain

I'll post this British analysis over at my Purple Wisconsin blog, where the anonymous commenters are saying more laws will not deter gun violence in the US, where open access to firearms is our right:

Over 9,000 Murders by Gun in US; 39 in UK...
Number of Murders, United States, 2009: 15,241
Number of Murders by Firearms, US, 2009: 9,146
Number of Murders, Britain, 2008*: 648
(Since Britain’s population is 1/5 that of US, this is equivalent to 3,240 US murders)
Number of Murders by[pdf] firearms, Britain, 2008* 39
(equivalent to 195 US murders)
*The Home office reported murder statistics in the UK for the 12 months to March 2009, but these are 12-month figures).
For more on murder by firearms in Britain, see the BBC.

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