Larry Correia seems to be having a bad week. For reason that are probably obvious, lots of people have been having opinions unsanctioned by Larry on guns – despite him pre-winning all arguments on guns ever.
His most recent post/meltdown covers a lot of ground but I thought this section was worth a look:
In the comments of my last blog post somebody tried the tired old trick of comparing America’s crime rates to some idolized Euro-socialist states. That’s apples and oranges. You can’t compare a giant country that is socially, ethnically, economically diverse with a long history of issues to some tiny, socially, ethnically, and economically homogenous country with a total population that would fit into New York, and blame the discrepancy on gun ownership rates alone. Apples to apples? Chicago crime rates versus Houston. Detroit versus El Paso. The Texas cities are actually more economically and racially diverse, not to mention across the border from violent narco-trafficante revolucion Mexico and not big peaceful Canada. The Texas cities also have super lax gun control laws and easy access to concealed carry. Only I’m not going to try and blame a bunch of complex issues on one single cause, because I’m not the one trying to pass laws taking away anybody’s rights.
I agree it is big and complex which is why it is an issue that needs solid evidence research (something the NRA opposes) rather bombast & bluster.
So let’s do some numbers. Let’s reverse Larry’s complaint. On the gun control side I’ll pick somewhere populous, ethnically/socially/economically diverse with a longggggg history of issues but European & with gun control. And on the other sude somewhere less populous and less diverse but American.
2012 Homicide Rate per 100,000 people Salt Lake City Police Department (presumably not all of Salt Lake City): 4.2 per 100,000 people
2012 Homicide Rate per 100,000 people Greater London: 1.1 per 100,000 people
Note that this is not a fair comparison – but it is not a fair comparison for *London*.