I recently did some research on crime in the US vs crime in England and Australia to dispel the myth that the US is such a dangerous, violent country due to the 2nd Amendment. Yes, the US has more gun crimes than either of those two countries, but lets look at the big picture here. I will go based on percentages, not total numbers, since the population of the US is roughly 314 million, compared to 53 million in England and 23 million.
Lets get started:
Australia has 100% more assault victims than the US (2.4% vs 1.2%)
Australia has 150% more rape victims than the US (1% vs 0.4%)
Australia has 43% more total crime victims than the US (30.1% vs 21.1%)
England has 133% more assault victims than the US (2.8% to 1.2%)
England has 125% more rape victims than the US (.9% to 0.4%)
England has 25% more total crime victims than the US (26.4% to 21.1%)
NationMaster - Crime stats: Australia vs United States
NationMaster - Crime stats: United Kingdom vs United States
Now let us do the math of how much more total crime there would be in the United States if crime were increased to the rates of Australia (assuming 314 million US population):
5,104,000 more assaults
1,884,000 more rape victims
28,260,000 more total crime victims
I found those numbers quite shocking, and revealed that Australia and the UK are not safer than the United States a a whole.
Next, I researched gun deaths. People like to throw around the statistic that 30,000+ people are killed by guns each year. According to the CDC:
"Firearm—In 2010, 31,672 persons died from firearm injuries in
the United States (Tables 18 and 19), accounting for 17.5% of all injury
deaths in that year. The two major component causes of all firearm
injury deaths in 2010 were suicide (61.2%) and homicide (35.0%)"
The majority of gun deaths are suicides, which should not be included in gun violence statistics. The number of gun homicides in 2010 would be 11,085.
As for all of the people vilifying "assault weapons", in 2011 there were 8583 total murder victims from firearms. 6,220 (~72%) were handguns, and only 323 (~4%) were rifles, forget "assault rifles". In the same year, an American was 524% more likely to be killed by a knife then by a rifle, 153% more likely to be killed by blunt objects then by a rifle, and 225% more likely to be killed by hands or feet then by a rifle.
Here are more of the sources:
FBI ? Expanded Homicide Data Table 8
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And just to put it out there, I'm not a conservative. Nor am I a liberal.