Fox News’ 19 investigative reporter Ben Swann takes on the aftermath of the Alex Jones / Piers Morgan clash and demolishes the CNN host’s gun homicide statistics.
Swann began by previewing a clip of the “interview” calling the session “wild” and it was. Watch the entire interview between Jones and Morgan here.
The starting point that Swann began at was dealing with Morgan’s claim that only 35 people were murdered with a firearm in Great Britain in 2011 compared to 11,000 in the United States. Ben then proceeded to demolish Morgan’s claims.
According to the FBI crime stats for 2011, there were 12,664 homicides in the U.S. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms. Out of those, 400 were considered justifiable homicide by law enforcement while 260 were considered justifiable homicide by private citizens.
While Great Britain does have a lower gun homicide rate, having a population of 62.6 million, they actually had 59 gun related homicides in 2011, not 35, as Morgan continues to claim.
Swann points out that it shouldn’t be surprising that the “gun homicide” rate is lower in a country that bans guns than in a country where guns aren’t banned.
“Where the argument falls apart,” says Swann,”is when you attempt to claim that fewer guns equals less crime.”
He then went on to point out that the U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world, an average of 88 guns per 100 people. Yemen is second with 54.8 guns per 100 people. One would think this would mean that the U.S. has the highest gun homicide rate in the world, right?
Swann answers with a resounding, “No!” Honduras, El Salvador, and Jamaica all have higher gun homicide rates than the U.S. In fact, 24 other countries are ahead of the U.S. in that department. The U.S. is number 28 in the world in gun homicide, with a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 people.
Swann then says, “Of course Piers Morgan is calling for the U.S. to be more like El Salvador and Honduras. He’s calling for us to be more like Great Britain.”
And what are the numbers for Great Britain?
The UK has the second highest overall crime rate in the European Union. They have the fifth highest robbery rate and the fourth highest burglary rate. But most importantly,
The European Union named Britain as “the most violent country in the EU.”
In the UK, there are 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 people. These statistics puts the UK further ahead in violent crime than even South Africa, which has a violent crime rate of 1,609 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
In the United States, we have a rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people. We’re not even in the top ten!
Swann rightly ends his report by saying that
“Maybe we can (learn from Great Britain). What we might learn is that violent crime is not the result of a gun or any tool, it is the result of the heart of men and women.”
Interestingly enough, Swann echoes the words of Jesus Christ in that statement:
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
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