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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

“Booze and Blades”

I was really surprised to read this TimesOnLine article yesterday. It says:

"A UNITED Nations report has labelled Scotland the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America.

England and Wales recorded the second highest number of violent assaults while Northern Ireland recorded the fewest."

The study, by the UN’s crime research institute, found:
3% of Scots had been victims of assault, compared with:

2.8% in England and Wales
1.2% in America
0.1% in Japan
0.2% in Italy
0.8% in Austria

I realize that the United States is considered a "gun toting" society, and we are known for our violence, so reading about Scotland, and the United Kingdom in general, kind of threw me for a loop.

Even though, it is illegal to own a gun in the U.K. (apart from hunting), it should be pretty obvious that anything can be used to do bodily harm on an individual. Lately, I have noticed an increased amount of victims being stabbed. There has been noises lately of not allowing minors to purchase even kitchen knives. I really don't know how the government in the U.K. is going to go about rounding up knives, like they did rounding up guns. Everyone uses knives within their homes.

How about just for kicks, say knives have been banned. I suppose the next thing would be axes/hatchets, razor blades, ice picks, srewdrivers, ballpoint pens, pencils , baseball and cricket bats, piano wire, electrical wire, guitar strings, rope of any sort, trains, cars, subways; the list goes on and on. As you can see, anything can be used in the commission of a crime against another human being.

Clearly, taking away weapons is not going to do the trick. Educating our children on the sanctity of life might be the right step towards civility and respect towards another.

What say you?


At 4:30 PM , Blogger Shooting Parrots said...

I think you're spot on Alice. The way violence has come to be used so casually is a depressing trend and as you rightly say, it's not the gun or the knife that does the killing, but the person wielding it.

At 10:00 PM , Blogger GaffaUK said...

Hi Alice - you won't be surprised that I don't agree. So we should allow the sale of guns because people can hurt other people with biros anyway? lol c'mon

Using your logic in reverse - do you think we should make machine guns, semi-automatics guns, bazookas etc freely available to people???

At 12:26 AM , Blogger Fred said...

Until we restore the "nuclear" family, this trend will only get worse. The absence of a mother and father in a stable household is a major problem that needs improvement. Fix that, then you'll see these figures decline.

At 6:31 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

Of course I agree and I will take it one step further. The ban on assault weapons that expired here last year has not proven to be the horrible, violent inducing action that Gaffe would have you believe.

I am a 2nd amendment chick. I can't help it. I think it's IMPORTANT for every law abiding citizen to own firearms and become comfortable with using them. It will come as no surprise to you then that I DO own guns.

In answer to Gaffe's question - yes we should protect law abiding citizens RIGHT to own firearms.

This is for you Gaffe: BOO!


At 8:53 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

Gaff: Nowhere in my post did I say that this country (the UK) should have guns, now did I. (Altho, for the life of me, I cannot understand why someone can't own a gun here, if you've got a license and know how to use one.)

What I did say is that the U.S. is always hailed as such a violent country to live because we have guns, when in actuality it's not the guns that make a country violent (see percentages), it's the people within the said country that makes it violent.

Guns don't kill people, knives, axes, bats, screwdrivers, etc. don't kill people. It's the people behind the instrument that kill people.

At 11:17 AM , Blogger GaffaUK said...

Using crime statistics rather than a phone poll conducted between 1990 and 2000....

Assault Victims US: (2,238,480) -7.56 per 1000 people
Assault Victims UK: (450,865) - 7.45 per 1000 people

Murders US: (12,658) - 0.04 per 1000 people
Murders UK: (850)- 0.01 per 1000 people

Murders with firearms: (8,259)US: 0.02 per 1000 people
Murder with firearms: (62) UK 0.00 per 1000 people

So in the States - you are more likely to be assaulted, 3 times more likely to be murdered and 26 times more likely to be murderd by a gun than the UK.

I don't think makes the US a violent country - there are 23 more violent countries - particularly Columbia, South Africa, Jamaica, Venezuela and Russia)which have higher murder rates per capita.

Nor do I think owning guns legally is the only reason which makes a country more violent but it's one factor which can contribute.

Unfortunately the stats didn't do deaths or assault by ballpoints pens;)

At 5:22 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

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