Gun control supporters frequently pull statistics from the United Kingdom in an attempt to support their argument that there is a direct correlation between legal guns and homicide rates.
The problem with this argument is that it fails to take into account any other factor besides the number firearms in a country.
To prove the fallacy of this correlation, RealityAlways Wins adds a third data point, Switzerland.
The United States has a gun ownership rate of roughly 101.5 guns per 100 people and a firearm homicide rate of 3.6 deaths per 100,000 people. In the United Kingdom there are just 6.7 guns owned per every 100 people and a firearm homicide rate of just 0.06 deaths per 100,000 people.
Switzerland is almost perfectly centered between these two data points with 45.7 guns owned per every 100 people. If gun control supporters are correct, then Switzerland’s homicide rate should fall directly between the UK and the US, somewhere around 1.7 gun homicides per 100,000 people.
Surprisingly, Switzerland’s actual gun homicide rate is just 0.52 deaths per 100,000 people. Even more surprisingly, Switzerland’s total homicide rate of just 0.6 deaths per 100,000 people. The United Kingdom’s total homicide rate is almost double that value.
So what does this tell us about the correlation between gun-related deaths and gun ownership? As the old saying goes, “correlation does not imply causation” and guns alone cannot be blamed for violent acts, even if those acts involve the use of a firearm.
The fact is, there are more homicides in the United States than the United Kingdom, and the US has more gun owners than the UK. The gun-control community wants you to believe that guns are responsible for this difference. What they conveniently forget is that there are countries like Switzerland who have more gun owners than the UK and a significantly lower homicide rate.
The truth is that a gun is just a tool, and that banning guns will not ban violence. We can’t explain why the United States appears to be more violent than the United Kingdom, but it’s clear that the violence is not caused by gun-ownership.
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