America’s favorite gun conTROLL, Piers Morgan, has now been KO’d multiple times (see below), including this failure in a rematch with Gun Owners of America’s (GOA) Larry Pratt. This time, Pratt gutted Piers’ mantra that Britain has suffered only 39 gun murders last year: it’s “a SHAM!”
For a start, Morgan’s claim of only 39 gun murders in England and Wales in 2011 has to be balanced against the fact that top police bodies in England have repeatedly warned that crime figures are being manipulated to reduce the number of recorded crimes and that, “the recorded crime level bore no resemblance to the actual amount of crime being committed.”
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.”
And, of course, there the most important statistics which Piers absolutely refuses to acknowledge and address in the debate:
1) violent crime in general has skyrocketed in Britain since its gun ban
2) gun crime in Britain was already low in Britain before the gun ban
3) gun crime has actually increased in Britain since the ban
4) America’s violent crime rate in general has decreased as gun ownership has increased
As the report notes,
In addition, you are more than twice as likely to be a victim of knife crime in the UK than you are a victim of gun crime in the United States, but there is no media debate about banning kitchen knives.
Despite virtually all handguns being outlawed in 1996 following the Dunblane school massacre in Scotland, with law-abiding people rushing to turn in their firearms, over the next decade gun crime in the UK more than doubled.
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.
In short, in order for Piers to maintain his argument, he must use sham statistics and ignore 90 percent of the larger debate. In other words, Piers won’t acknowledge 90 percent of the stats, and the 10 percent he does acknowledge has been condemned as false by the very government that put them out.
This is why Piers keeps getting KO’d in these debates:
I do, however, suspect that he’s currently enjoying better ratings than ever!