On Tue, 20 Jun 2000, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> Britain has far higher non-violent crime rates than the US. Britain's property
> crime rates are five times higher than the US.
Britain's violent crime rates are currently about 40% higher than the U.S.
Of the several major violent crime categories (assault, rape, murder,
armed robbery, etc.) the U.S. has a higher statistical incidence in only
one category (murder). Belgium, Italy, et al. follow a similar pattern.
While there are some exceptions, overall violent crime rates in most
European countries met or exceeded those of the U.S. by the mid-90's.
While the U.S. has been enjoying a long-term decline in violent crime
rates, the crime rates in many European countries have been experiencing
And just as a point of fact, the murder rate in current gun-free Britain is
around 50% higher (IIRC) than the murder rate when guns in Britain were
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