“The ‘more guns, less crime’ argument is utter nonsense. Britain, after Dunblane, introduced some of the toughest gun laws in Europe, and we average just 35 gun murders a year.
Japan, which has the toughest gun control in the world, had just TWO in 2006 and averages fewer than 20 a year. In Australia, they’ve not had a mass shooting since stringent new laws were brought in after 35 people were murdered in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. Fewer guns equals less gun murder. This is not a ‘pinko liberal’ hypothesis. It’s a simple fact.”
see Piers Morgan: Deport me? If America won't change its crazy gun laws I may deport myself.
Piers Morgan seems not to understand the difference between a fact and an irrelevant fact. Does it matter that a murder is committed with a firearm or some other means? Ask the victims.
|Japan||2009 – 0.4 per 100K|
|Australia||2010 – 1.0 per 100K|
|UK||2009 – 1.2 per 100K|
|USA||2010 – 4.8 per 100K|
So, Piers Morgan is thinking of moving from USA to UK to reduce his chances of being murdered by a factor of 4. Does that small difference have anything to do with 100-round magazines or semi-auto rifles available at Wal-mart? Nope. “about 30-60 people are struck by lightning each year in Britain of whom, on average, three may be killed. This compares with about 75 deaths in the much larger USA” Population of UK is ~63million and population of USA is ~314million so he is 5 times more likely to be killed by lightning in USA than UK but he does not want to leave USA because of lightning. Does that make any sense? The USA has “tornado alleys” and hurricanes, a much more dangerous situation than UK. It’s the people who expose themselves to lightning. Laws have nothing to do with murder-rates. It’s people who commit such crimes, not laws. It’s people who play golf in lightning storms, not laws.
If Piers Morgan’s logic held, the murder rate in USA would be thousands of times larger than in UK but it is not. Does it matter that the murder rate by firearms is hundreds of times larger if the murder rate is only a few times larger? Nope. Ask the victims. The murder rate in UK may fluctuate a few times from one year to the next. The rate is of little significance. Neither is the rate in USA. Much of that is about the “drug wars”, not firearms nor laws. If drugs were legalized, drug dealers would have no reason to kill anyone. “Mass shootings” are almost irrelevant to the statistics of murders being perhaps 1%.
Conversely, the fact that the murder rate in USA is so low even with the availability of numerous and powerful firearms is a testament to the good sense of USAians. BTW, you cannot casually walk into Wal-mart and buy an armful of AR-15s. Wal-mart does not sell AR-15s. Bushmaster sells an imitation of an AR-15, a firearm exclusive to Colt, and you need a background check and a waiting period at Wal-mart …
So, Piers Morgan claims to love USA all the while being willing to lie to USAians and mislead them about the reality of firearms.