January 23, 2013 at 2:48 am
“Overall, 5.4 million crimes were recorded in the UK in 2007 — more than 10 a minute — second only to Sweden. . . . It means there are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the UK, making it the most violent place in Europe.”
January 24, 2013 at 3:44 pm
1. The post in which this image appears is about mass murders caused by guns. The image itself is about the # of guns in the world and the number of gun deaths. You are talking about violent crimes. Therefore, we are not talking about the same thing. You are comparing apples to oranges. And, I think you know this, because if you compare the UK’s gun ownership to the US’s, and the UK’s mass murders from guns to the US’s, and just gun deaths to the US’s, you’ll see the US’s are all MUCH higher. Therefore, this is a red herring..
2. You can’t compare the violent crime rates and statistics between the two countries because the U.S only includes 4 types of crimes in its violent crime stats, while the UK and Wales includes those four PLUS a huge list of other crimes that it considers violent crime, including harassment. In this case, your logical fallacy is the Texas Sharpshooter.
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