Michael S. Lorrey [email@example.com] wrote:
>Ha ha ha ha ha. You are SO funny. The only reason things are so peaceful around
>Scotland is that all of the troublemakers got shipped off the the US and Nova
>Scotia 100-200 years ago.
Actually last time I saw any figures, Scotland's murder rate was listed as 3.x per 100,000, where x was somewhere between 1 and 5; that's more than most of mainland Europe and rural America. Otherwise I generally agree with the points about the troublemakers.
Also, I just saw an article pointing out that the per-capita assault rate in the small town near to where I'm currently working in England is three times higher than New York, burglary four or fives times higher, and car theft six times higher (the latter no surprise since there are far more cars per person here than NYC). I expect much of that is a statistical oddity because one is a town of thousands and the other a city of millions, but England isn't a particularly safe place either; almost makes me wish I had moved to NYC after all.