To understand how complacent we've become with a death toll that shocks the rest of the industrialized world, consider that England and Wales suffered just 52 gun murders total in the last reported year, according to the UK's Home Office. Yet here in America, mass shootings alone accounted for 57 firearm homicides in less than a month between March 10 and April 7.Paul even gives the link to the UK Home Office report and, lo and behold, we can verify the "52 gun murders" statistic right there on page 74.
Egads! Paul's right?!?!?
Yes, the UK Home Office statistic reads:
Firearms were used in 52 homicides, i.e. the offence resulted in a fatal injury.But if you also look at Tables 3.07 and 3.08 on page 84, you'll also see the following figures:
- Total Firearm Offences: 9,803
- Serious Injuries: 403
- Slight Injuries: 2,762
- Total Injuries: 3,217
- Threats: 5,036
But over 9,000 incidences of criminal firearm use with more than 3,000 resulting in some sort of injury (slight, serious, and fatal).
Paints a different picture now, don't it.
You also have to keep in mind that the reported figures come from two sources: the British Crime Survey (BCS) and police recording statistics.
The BCS is a face-to-face survey that, according to the report's introduction,
does not aim to provide a total count of crime, but to provide robust trends over time for the crime types it covers. (emphasis mine)Police recorded crime stats
do not include crimes that have not been reported to the police or incidents that the police decide not to record. (emphasis mine)Further, the introduction notes that
"It is estimated that around 42 per cent of all BCS crime is reported to the police although this varies for individual offence types.So essentially, that figure of 9,000+ may not even be all reported crime in the UK.
And right there, folks, we see yet another example of the Brady Bunch's statistical sleight of hand.
"Over here!" says the Brady Bunch. "Look at only 52 murders in the UK! Less than America. See? Their gun control works! See?!? Only 52! And in one year. Oh--um, don't pay any attention to the other firearm injuries which didn't result in death. That's not important. 52! Ooooh! Look! It sparkles!"