Saturday, July 19, 2008

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

I mean Whiskey Tango Foxtrot-ing Foxtrot?

350 knife assaults per day in Merrie Englande?

Hmmm. Let's engage in some higher mathematics:
350 per day x 365 = 127,750 per year

UK population = 60,776,238 (July 2007)

Knife attacks per day per 100,000: 210
Let's compare and contrast:
US Firearms homicides (1996): 18,382 (US Dept of Justice)

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
OK, this is a bit apples vs. oranges. Gun homicides vs. knife assaults. 1996 vs. 2007. However:
  • 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.
So, to all those brits who complain about how violent the US is, with our cowboy shoot-first-ask-questions-later, your knife rate seems to be 105,000% higher than our shooty problem. Boy, we must be really bad shots.

Dudes, you're bringing a knife to what should be a gun fight.

Boy howdy, I hope we're not next.

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