350 knife assaults per day in Merrie Englande?
Hmmm. Let's engage in some higher mathematics:
350 per day x 365 = 127,750 per yearLet's compare and contrast:
UK population = 60,776,238 (July 2007)
Knife attacks per day per 100,000: 210
US Firearms homicides (1996): 18,382 (US Dept of Justice)OK, this is a bit apples vs. oranges. Gun homicides vs. knife assaults. 1996 vs. 2007. However:
US Firearms homicides per day (1996): 50
US Population (1996): 263,814,032 (July 1995 est.)
US Firearms homicides per day per 100,000 (1996): 0.2
- Brits always complain about our gun crime and murder rate, so let's look at it.
- My Google-fu is weak; it was easy to find homicide stats for 1996. It's lower now, and was clearly declining substantially even in 1996. So if anything, this overstates the US homicide rate.
- UK crime rates have been increasing over the last 12 years, in contrast to declining US rates. However, even in 1996, the UK had a higher assault rate.
Dudes, you're bringing a knife to what should be a gun fight.
Boy howdy, I hope we're not next.