But I thought everything was peaceful in Jolly Olde England

They speak with such classy accents, so they must be much more civilized, right?

The murder rate in the UK is either equal to or higher than the murder rate in the US.

WHAT???!!!???

But I thought that their murder rate was incredibly low, and it was all due to the fact that they don’t have any guns there.

I fell into a definitions trap you may not be aware of. The shortest version is this. We count and report crimes based on initial data. The Brits count and report crimes based on the outcome of the investigation and trial. Yep, that says what I meant it to say.

Read the whole thing. He pulls out the data to show that per capita murder and non-negligent homicide in the UK is probably a bit higher than it is here, guns or no guns.

HT: The Smallest Minority

One response to “But I thought everything was peaceful in Jolly Olde England

  1. The post was updated:

    “The murder rate in the UK according to US standards is double or higher than their reported rate. It may be impossible to produce an actual apples to apples comparison number from official sources. It is not 15% of the US rate.”