Are We Really That Violent?

One of the common anti-rights cultists arguments is the United States of America is one of the most violent ‘developed’ countries in the world.

Too bad the evidence doesn’t support that idea,(PDF alert)  this report from 2010 shows that while USA may be more lethal in its crime; it is far from the most violent.

Police Recorded Rape Cases per 100,000 Population
Australia 91.9
Sweden 58.6
New Zealand 30.6
United States 28.6
England and Wales 27.7
Belgium 26.6

Over 3 times as many rapes as nearly gun free Australia. Sweden has twice as many rapes as the USA. England and Wales very close

Cases of Robbery per 100,000 Population
Belgium 1762
Spain 1188
Mexico 607
Chile 456
Portugal 192
France 181
England and Wales 137
United States 133
Italy 108
Sweden 103
Canada 96

 

Robbery appears to be a very serious issue with Belgium having 13 times as many, Spain nearly 9 times. Even Jolly Ole England and Wales have more.

Police Recorded Assault Cases per 100,000 Population

Scotland 1487
Sweden 927
England and Wales 730
Belgium 718
Israel 641
Germany 630
Finland 615
Chile 576
Luxembourg 476
Ireland 353
Netherlands 352
Iceland 346
Australia 327
Portugal 312
France 310
United States 262
Mexico 218
Turkey 218
Denmark 191
Spain 177

 

Even if we break up the assault of other countries into aggravated or simple assault like we do in the USA; it is clear they are either more violent or just as violent as Americans.

It isn’t easy comparing crime rates across countries; so many variations can change how it is reported. Like Great Britain not counting a homicide until some one has been convicted for or confesses to  that crime. But the overall numbers indicate that the United States isn’t exceptional in the levels of violence in our society.

Please join the discussion.

 

Edited to Add — Dive Medic has posted on this issue in the past; always a good read

http://street-pharmacy.blogspot.com/2012/12/canadas-gun-laws.html

http://street-pharmacy.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-numbers.html

 

 

This Is One Of The Reasons….

…that I generally wait a while before commenting on events in the media, especially shootings.

The Headline really grabs your attention; doesn’t it?

17-Year-Old Girl Robbed, Shot In The Head In Broad Daylight

A daylight robbery, a young girl shot and injured; we have to do something NOW.

Police say that’s where a 17-year-old girl was robbed and shot at least once in the head.

She ran to a house on Danbury Road. Detectives are now collecting evidence there.

Now this is one of the few times where the media is doing their job; even if they do tend to rush things. That was Yesterday – Today the headline reads slightly differently.

Police: 17-Year-Old Girl Shot In Head Made Up Robbery To Protect Suspect

Gee Wilkers; the possibility of a teenager lying never occurred to the media? One of the benefits of the pre-electronic/pre-24 hours a day news cycle was the delay needed to get the story published allowed for more thorough investigations; both from the police and the media.

 

Police say, at first, the 17-year-old girl told them she was on a nearby street when a robber shot her in the face after stealing her cell phone. She said she ran to a home to call for help.

Police now say the victim made up that story to protect the suspect who lives in the same house.

“The victim and the suspect were arguing over a gun in the basement of a home in the 100 block of Danbury Road,” said Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore County Police. “During that argument, the gun was discharged and the victim was struck in the head. The victim made up the incident to protect the suspect.”

Instantaneous isn’t always better.  I would not be surprised if there ‘t revelations of drugs and/or alcohol involvement in this story doesn’t break soon.

Anyone want to take bets?

Main Stream Media Catching On

Finally

If you’re a woman, and you’re licensed to shoot, then your skills are in hot demand.

The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot — both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va.

The National Rifle Association, noting the burgeoning market opportunity, is trying to boost its ranks of 8,000 NRA-certified female instructors, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

In 2009, the NRA organized 280 “Women On Target” training clinics nationwide, and 8,000 women signed up. In 2013, the group held 450 clinics for 12,000 women

 

Yep, CNN’s financial pages posting about the demand for firearm instruction and instructors…..just a few years after everyone in the gun blog community discussed it.

 

Hidden deep in the article is a really salient point:

Now, Babes with Bullets conducts 24 camps a year (a mix of three-day intensives and one-day sessions), and has over 4,000 alumni ranging from 24 to 74 years old. “80% of them have never touched a gun,” said Ferns. “They’re professional women, real estate agents, nurses and young divorcees.”

 

Just one data point but probably very reflective of the overall trend; new people learning to shoot in large numbers. Kinda lets the air out of the antis claims support and popularity of firearms is declining, eh.

Another Reason Not To Live In Dallas

Regardless, that’s what Dallas police Chief David Brown advocated to City Council members wednesday in an effort to give his officer access to the private financial records of criminal suspects.

“This information can be used to take down these organizations — multiple drug houses, open air drug sales,” the chief said. “We can access this information.”

Brown asked the Council to let officers access private banking and financial information that’s protected under the federal Bank Secrecy Act. Brown said this information — already being collected by the feds, but tightly controlled — would help him take down local drug dealers.

Yep, Let’s not worry about the people’s rights when trying to enforce impractical drug laws.

Makes me wonder if there is an ulterior motive behind this action.

The vote lets the City enter into an agreement with the Department of the Treasury to access financial records at no cost to the city.

Brown said the arrangement will let Dallas keep drug money it seizes instead of sharing it with federal agencies.

That couldn’t possible be an ulterior motive, could it?

Remember, No One Needs “Large Capacity Magazines”

A popular spring break celebration near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus turned violent Saturday, prompting officers to release tear gas into crowds.

Santa Barbara police said in a department statement early Sunday that more than 100 people were arrested throughout the course of the day and evening.

Approximately 18 people were arrested during the actual disturbance, police said.

The police were eventually able to get the situation under control. Of course that didn’t do much good for the people whose property was damaged before that.

Some vandalized street signs, set small fires, and damaged property, including law enforcement vehicles, police said.

Think you would feel comfortable trying to keep 18 people from setting your property on fire? Keeping 100 people from breaking into your house or store?

Those numbers were just the ones arrested; the actual crowd/mob was much, much larger.

The incident unfolded in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive about 9:30 p.m. at the event, known as Deltopia, which drew about 15,000 revelers.

Now most of the people there were fairly law abiding but even if a  small percentage 5 to 10% is 750 to1,500 people were out to cause trouble, it is easy to see how inadequate reduced capacity magazines would be. Anti-rights cultists often say there is no need for regular capacity magazines or firearms with high rates of fire. Of course, they usually say this far removed from cases like Deltopia or Louisville or Chicago or Norfolk Va. Or Minneapolis or hundreds of others.

The truth of the matter is simple; human nature really hasn’t changed. Not in the 2oo something years since the Bill of Rights was written. Not in thousands of years. There always have been and seemingly always will be mobs / hordes / tribes / gangs / pick one of thugs who harm others for either pleasure or profit. Changing the number of rounds a person can have in a magazine doesn’t change human nature. Until we evolve past this, until we no longer have individuals and groups who will break the law; limiting self defense really isn’t common sense.

Please join the discussion.

Perception Shift

I’m in my 50′s. Been into computers since High School; took the first computer programming class the school ever offered way back in ’81.

I should be very aware of storage capacity and limitations but some things sneak up on even the most aware. Today it really struck home how much things have changed.
I need to work on some documents at home so I sought out one of the USB thumb drives our marketing folks distributes as the industry version of ‘gimme’ caps.

My initial thought on looking at it was “How quaint*; 512 MB — not even a full Gig or a 2 Gig drive.”

Of course, there was more then enough room on the drive for all 200+ documents; not even 40 megs of worth of files. Realized I’ve been spoiled by how fast technology has advanced and how cheap components are now days. Makes me thankful for the times we do live in.

 

 

 

 

* Or something to that effect minus the sentence enhancers and more colorful phrasing.

Meet Officer Brice Woolly

Officer Brice Woolly works for the Ardmore Oklahoma Police Department. He was assigned to investigate complaints of an aggressive dog loose in a public park.

Sarah Brown said her family’s 2-year-old pit bull, Cali, escaped the yard of their Ardmore home Wednesday, and police said neighbors reported the dog running loose.

Police said the dog was wearing a collar but no tags, and animal control officers tried several times unsuccessfully to catch the animal and determine its owner.

A mail carrier had reported in January that he was confronted by a dog that matched Cali’s description, but a neighbor said she knew the owner and took the dog home.

No problems with his actions so far; dogs should be kept in yards or on leashes per local ordinances. An aggressive animal should be controlled as soon as possible. I do question how much effort was made to capture the dog but I wasn’t there and I haven’t been an animal control officer so let’s credit the city employees with a good faith effort.

It’s what Officer Brice Woolly reportedly said afterwards that should get him the appropriate attention.

A neighbor told Brown that she did not see police shoot Cali, but she heard the shot and saw the officers’ reaction.

“Did you see the way its collar flew up into the air when I blew its head off?” Woolly told the animal control officer, according to the neighbor. “It was awesome!”

The neighbor said Woolly also bragged about shooting another dog with his handgun a few days earlier.

Way to stay classy there Officer Brice Woolly.