Earle K. Downes Ledyard
For years the organizations that lobby for stricter gun control laws have pointed to Great Britain as an example of a nation that has adopted such restrictions. But a headline article by a Christopher Hope in The Telegraph, Aug. 3, states that a Civitas study shows that England has a worse crime rate than the United States.
The Daily Mail online issue of July 2, 2009, citing European Union and United Nations reports: also states that official crime figures show that the United Kingdom. has a worse rate for all violent crimes than the United States. The rate of violent crimes per 100,000 residents was 2,034 for the United Kingdom versus 466 for America.
The EU and U.N. report that Britain's violent record is worse than any other in the European Union.
Thanks to the efforts by the National Rifle Association, the Citizens for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and The Second Amendment Foundation, our violent crime rates are far below those of Britain's.