Another inconvenient truth

The most violent country in Europe: Britain is also worse than South Africa and U.S.

Ok, the article is a bit more than 2 years old, but have things changed that much? How many posts on UK violence has Peiper done since then? 20, 30, 50? They’re as dependable as the sun coming up.


Britain’s violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed.

Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world’s most dangerous countries.


The Tories said Labour had presided over a decade of spiralling violence.

In the decade following the party’s election in 1997, the number of recorded violent attacks soared by 77 per cent to 1.158million - or more than two every minute.

The figures, compiled from reports released by the European Commission and United Nations, also show:

* The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the EU.
* It has a higher homicide rate than most of our western European neighbours, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
* The UK has the fifth highest robbery rate in the EU.
* It has the fourth highest burglary rate and the highest absolute number of burglaries in the EU, with double the number of offences than recorded in Germany and France.

But it is the naming of Britain as the most violent country in the EU that is most shocking. The analysis is based on the number of crimes per 100,000 residents.

The U.S. has a violence rate of 466 crimes per 100,000 residents, Canada 935, Australia 92 and South Africa 1,609.

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling said: ‘This is a damning indictment of this government’s comprehensive failure over more than a decade to tackle the deep rooted social problems in our society, and the knock on effect on crime and anti-social behaviour.

So the UK is nearly four and a half times more violent than the USA. Crivens!

OTOH, Wiki shows the US with a homicide rate 3.2 times higher than the UK’s

On the third hand, these two graphs say it all, which is why you should never look at, nor refer to them:

source: DOJ, about page 62. Blacks are 5 times more likely than whites to become homicide victims, and 7 times more likely to perpetrate homicides. When you compare white Americans against all UK residents, they come up as significantly less violent, even though they own several orders of magnitude more firearms per person. This is the most inconvenient truth out there, so let’s bury it ASAP.

Granted, different countries use different metrics to compile their statistics. And some countries probably cheat and lower their numbers. And you will immediately note that none of these stats is labeled anything like “gun crimes”. But dead is dead, and wounded is wounded. The tool doesn’t really matter then, does it?

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 12/22/2012 at 07:06 PM   
  1. I’m officially sick and tired of this conversation. I have stopped reading the news and turned off the noise and gotten on with my life. How about a Bridge story,or more pretty gals( and a hunk for wardmama),PLEEEEEEEEZ!

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/22/2012  at  09:06 PM  
  2. Doesn’t this show - that the gun crazy Americans - are right?

    Posted by wardmama4    United States   12/22/2012  at  10:38 PM  
  3. hey, in august 2000 I was sitting on the front steps of the hotel on kensington street in London.  All of a sudden there were 5-6 bobbies flying by on motorcycles, each with an enfield machine gun.  Why would the police need a machine gun when all guns are banned?  From what we could gather, there was an asian problem a few blocks down the road.

    Posted by StephanA    United States   12/23/2012  at  03:12 AM  
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