Bill Whittle on gun ownership and gun control

These facts are really going to annoy those of you who think that less guns and tighter gun control means less gun crime.

New Zealand gets a mention.

Every time there is a shooting in America, our moral betters on the left immediately ammo up the assault rifle of their rhetorical arsenal: namely, our country’s sick, twisted obsession with personal firearms; our adolescent, psychosexual, dangerous and frankly embarrassing when facing our European film critic friends AMERICAN GUN CULTURE.

Hopping over to the ever-reliable Wikipedia, for example, we discover that when it comes to per capita gun ownership, the USA does in fact top the list: when measured as the number of guns per 100 residents, the US comes in first, at ninety! NINETY guns per one hundred residents: evidence for the Progressives on the left that they do in fact live in the murder capitol of the world; because when it comes to gun ownership, America IS number one with a bullet, with by far the highest per capita gun ownership in the world – 90 guns per 100 people being half again more than the number two spot held by Serbia, with 58.2.

Now all we have to do to prove the left-wing Progressive weenie case for banning guns is to do is a quick search for the per capita MURDER rate… and sure enough, leading the number two country by about half again more with 90 murders per 100,000 people is… Honduras.

Socialist, gun-controlled Honduras. Because even though America has by far the highest per capita gun ownership rate, we don’t have the highest per capita murder rate. And unfortunately for the Progressive leftist argument, we’re not second either. Or third.

When it comes to per capita murders, Team USA didn’t even make the top five.

As a matter of fact, we didn’t even make the top ten.

Or the top twenty. Or the top thirty. Or the top forty. We’re not in the top fifty per capita murders. Gun Culture America is not in the top sixty nations in terms of per capita murders. Or the top seventy. Or the top eighty. Or the top ninety.

Of the 218 nations and territories listed for per capita murders, the United States of America – murderville – did not break the top one hundred. We are, with 4.7 murders per 100,000 people in 2012, number 111.

111th place puts near top of the bottom half of all of the nations and territories in the world when it comes to total per capita murders… and virtually all – if not all — of those nations ranked higher than us are big-state socialist utopias with stringent gun control laws.

How tragically disappointing that must be for our moral superiors.

In gun happy Texas the results are surprising.

America’s 111th place, 4.7 murder per 100,000 people also includes, in order, Democratically governed, heavily gun controlled New Orleans, with 53.2 murders per hundred thousand; St. Louis, with 35.5; Baltimore with 34.9; Newark, 34.4; Oakland, 31.8; followed by Stockton 23.7; Kansas City 22.6, Philadelphia 21.5, Cleveland 21.3, Memphis 20.2, Atlanta 19.0 and Chicago, with 18.5 murders per 100,000 per year.

America’s per capita average of 4.7 murders includes all of these high-crime areas. The first city to appear in Gun-Mad Texas is Dallas, which isn’t in the top twenty. America’s overall average of 4.7 is as low as it is because of places like Plano, Texas – the last city on the list – with a murder rate of 0.4. Having been to Plano Texas several times, I can tell you with confidence that virtually every home in Plano Texas has an entire arsenal of Ar-15 assault rifles, semi-automatic shotguns, 30.06 hunting rifles, .45’s, .357s, 38s, 9mms, an assortment .22s for the kids to practice with, not to mention every species of bowie knife, hunting knife, jack knife, bayonet, switchblade pointy rocks and sharp sticks.

The per capita murder rate in Gun Nut Central is 0.4 per 100,000: if the United States of America, as a nation, had the same murder rate as Plano Texas, we would not but 111 out of 218; we’d be 211 out of 218 – well below Switzerland at 0.6, HALF of Germany, Spain and Denmark at 0.8, and well, well below half of New Zealand, the Netherlands, Austria, Italy, France and Australia.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

If as it is claimed that guns really do kill people then spoons made Gerry Brownlee fat.

 

-Truth Revolt

 

 


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  • RightofSingapore

    But most of those countries with higher murder rates than the US are backward loser countries (“3rd world”) many of which no doubt have big black markets in guns and feuding militias. Not to mention corruption, more poverty, instability, famine and just general misery. Isn’t it a bit fallacious to compare a 1st world industrialised nation like the US to the 3rd world crapholes? How does the US compare to other 1st world countries? I’m kinda on the fence about guns but the in the US a lot of this varies by State and city, so I think its more useful to compare individual states within the US.

    • colin herbertson

      tru dat, he doesn’t mention that the low murder rate countries are 1st world with low gun ownership and tight gun control laws. He does make a good point about the high rates in American cities with stricter gun control though showing the truth in the saying that, in heavily gunned up societies at least, if you out law guns only outlaws will have guns.

  • xennex

    A good example of how to pick statistics to suit the message

  • Jackson

    What about the highest mass shooting rate? Anyway, the debate about guns in America isn’t necessarily about murder. It’s about crimes involving guns. Saying that Honduras has a higher murder rate does not mean they have a greater problem with guns. More to that, making comparisons between the US and Honduras is just ridiculous. They’re worlds apart on so many levels. There are a million other factors that would contribute to the murder rate being higher in Honduras. To narrow the cause down to guns -literally based on nothing -is ignorant beyond measure.

  • mommadog

    I was just looking at these headlines this morning. Kind of seems relevant even though its the USA.

    The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; The response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.

    http://investmentwatchblog.com/the-average-response-time-of-a-911-call-is-23-minutes-the-response-time-of-a-357-is-1400-feet-per-second/#KDLRvLqJyeVh7rFV.99

  • cows4me

    Sadly statistics mean nothing to progressives. Their deep hatred of the gun isn’t the fear that it might kill someone it’s the fear that a well armed society will not be a compliant society. They fully realise that if they were to gain real power and push real totalitarian policy those guns would indeed go bang and in their direction. The founders in America were very wise men, the government should always fear the people and when it’s the other way around the peoples live are a misery. History has showed this time after time but still the mongrels persist.

  • unitedtribes

    What percentage of gun killings is gun murders I wonder

  • JC

    One of the ways we fool ourselves with stats is to think so many Western nations are all 1st world.. they aren’t. Within most of these countries lies a 3rd world population thats easily distinguishable by territory, race and culture and thats largely where the gun killings happen.

    Another murder factor is the number of big cities you have, the bigger the more likelihood of a crime and murder culture.. the US has 71 cities with over 500,000 people compared to just one here. Unsurprisingly big cities are also magnets for those minorities of race and culture who are more prone to crime.

    JC

    • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

      Fully agree as to the 3rd world population enclaves, but let’s just keep the distinguishing feature at culture, not race.
      I have known US blacks and latinos who are excellent – basically they do not share the culture of the entitlement-minded murderous ones.
      Same can be said here, case in point the outrage at statements by the SPCA chief regarding dog ownership – the type of dog, the behaviour of the dog, etc. is not related to the owner’s race, but is very closely linked to their culture.

      And that’s another reason for looking at the cultural background of prospective immigrants, being that some cultural factors derive so highly from religion.

  • Cadwallader

    I enjoy Bill W as he always make a good argument. He is clever, controlled and deliberative. Unfortunately I think he tends to “cherry-pick” his statistics to suit his argument. That is what we are seeing here; just an argument. The stats he avers to are not concocted just well placed like a snooker-ball on a table. That’s OK provided the argument is further dissected. If the msm had an agenda along the lines of this argument, needless to say it doesn’t, it would be too tiresome to delve into the stats, they’d be simply regurgitated for a numbed audience. having said the above his arguments never fail to engage…I hope he produces many more of this quality.

  • Dexq

    Isn’t it funny how he doesn’t compare the U.S murder rate with other *first world* countries. Infact if you look at the list the U.S comes inbetween Niger and Yemen (who beat it) and on the other side you have Latvia and the Ukraine….Ironically both Cuba and Iran have lower rates as well…

    Norway with half Americas rate would be considered the next ‘Westernized’ nation on the list and that comes in at 160.

    And if you look at America’s ten most deadliest cities with the highest gun homicide rates per capita they all have liberal gun control laws. Texas also has one of the highest overall as a state which is rather ironic given his comments, especially when you compare it to Hawaii with it’s heavy gun control and lowest homicide rate of all States.

  • Bayman

    A better statistical analysis or more appropriate I should say, would be to compare gun crime in OECD countries as that is perhaps more relevant. Plus of course almost every other social statistic gets compared amongst OECD countries.

    Plus gun crime is the relevant thing here not ‘murders’. I get the impression also that the stats are all murders not just firearm deaths.

    As noted statistics can be twisted and used/presented to justify most arguments.

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