Monday, July 7, 2008

Good Thing They Can't Have Guns In England, Part II

Know what you get when you ban guns? Criminals who just use other weapons.

To the tune of 14,000 knife victims last year, where the total population is only about 20% of the United States*.

Incidents involving 16-to-18-year-olds increased 75% over the previous year. And please note, they included sword incidents in the total. Swords, a weapon that's been around since the Bronze Age.

That's okay, though, because now they're banning knives. After all, if what you did the last time didn't work, you just need to do more of it.

Now if they could just do something about the criminals . . .

* For some fascinating insight into American statistics on causes of violence-related fatal and non-fatal injuries, check out the CDC's WISQARS database. For example, in 2005, the most recent year available, 87% of violence-related deaths and injuries in the U.S. did not involve firearms, cutting, or piercing.

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