Not my content, but I HAD to share. In response to the question “Why is there so much dishonesty in the gun debate?” The question linked to this piece about the comparative levels of violence between the US and UK and how the UK’s gun control laws made the UK “safer.” Ah, no. Quoran Alfred Montestruc left this devastating reply echoing Chief Inspector Colin Greenwood.
Your link seems a prime example of extreme dishonesty.
The issue is NOT whether the UK has more violent crime than the USA – which is all the link harps about.
This is not a tennis match, or any sort of national contest.
The issue is whether gun control has any utility whatever in practical control of violent crime.
The author of your link assumes — and never checks his assumption— that gun control laws as applied in the UK reduced violent crime in the UK.
That is demonstrable gibbering nonsense by circus clowns on stilts.
Prior to 1920 in the UK gun laws were more lax in the UK than in the USA if gun control was of any utility one might expect that prior to 1920, violent crime rates in the UK were staggeringly higher than after gun laws were enacted.
The actual case is rather the reverse.
Murder rates per the British office of National Statistics data. No consistent downward trend after gun laws.
VAP is a British Police term that means literal physical violence till they changed the definition in 1998, which is when I stopped tracking. Not going down is it?
The latter graph on rape & indecent assault is included as I was accused by an individual of confusing the two. The latter graph shows the dramatic upward trend continuing into the 21st century. Rape and indecent assault rates show no benefit (reduction) due to gun control laws.
The late 20th century robbery spike is so huge it drowned out important nuances of what happened to robbery rates early in the 20th century.
By the numbers.
Sixteen thousand seven-hundred eighty-three percent rise in robbery rate 1901 to 1998!!
If I took it from the 1915 minimum to the 1995 peak, it was over 50,000% rise !!
So you seem to be claiming that gun control is somehow useful in control of violent crime?
I see you have the nerve, the unmitigated GALL, to talk about “dishonesty”, — just — WOW!
I wish I’d written this. “Gibbering nonsense by circus clowns on stilts” is something I’m going to have to remember.