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Larry Pratt Slams Piers Morgan Over “Sham” Gun Control Argument

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by poncho, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. poncho

    poncho Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2004
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    Gun Owners of America head Larry Pratt re-appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and proceeded to school Morgan on his ridiculous argument that England, a country with the highest violent crime rate in Europe, was made safe by gun control.

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    A 2000 report from the Inspectorate of Constabulary found that the way England records homicides is completely inaccurate in comparison with the American method and that, “With such differences in reporting criteria, comparisons of U.S. homicide rates with British homicide rates is a sham.”

    As the Telegraph reported, “the true level of gun crime” (in England) is (still) far higher than the Government admits in official statistics.”

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    Crucially, the number of violent crimes in England per person compared to America is significantly higher. England is a far more violent place than America, despite having a total gun ban.

    Figures from the EU Commission and the UN show that the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents in England is around 2,000 compared to just 466 in America. For all Piers Morgan’s claims about the proliferation of guns leading to an increase in violence, it’s four times safer to live in America than England and according to the latest FBI statistics, America’s violent crime rate continues to fall.

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    England is routinely either number one or number two in the rankings of the highest violent crime rate in Europe. Switzerland on the other hand, with its almost universal gun ownership, is routinely ranked as one of the safest countries in Europe, again proving that gun control does not reduce violent crime.

    Gun control has never reduced violent crime in Britain, nor has it reduced gun crime. Last year, gun crime in England and Wales soared by 35 per cent. England’s gun murder rate did not drop after all handguns were banned in 1996.

    While England’s violent crime rate continues to accelerate, America’s violent crime rate drops as more and more law-abiding people own firearms.

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