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Number One With a Bullet

The United States has the highest per capita gun ownership in the world. That means that the United States has the highest per capita murder rate in the world, right? Well, no actually. Not even close.

Bill Whittle breaks it down like only Bill Whittle can. Check it out.


8 Responses to Number One With a Bullet

  1. rumblestrip January 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    Detroit does NOT have highly restrictive gun laws, in fact they are very much “normal” and the current Chief of Police encourages the citizens of Detroit to defend themselves with lawfully purchased firearms.

  2. davidyamane January 26, 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Four minutes of refuting simple minded critiques with equally simple minded arguments. I am not going to pat myself on the back because the US homicide rate is lower than Honduras or Niger. Not a relevant comparison group of countries.

    But the last two minutes comparing an area with alot of guns to other countries was more interesting. Of course an example isn’t evidence so we would need to look more systenatically to see if the pattern holds up.

    But makes the point well that we need to understand the underlying social conditions that lead to homicidal violence whatever the mechanism. in the end it may make sense to compare Detroit to Honduras and Plano to Switzerland.

    • Ben Gordon January 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

      A simple counter-argument such as this is all that’s needed to refute the claim of “more firearms, more murder/crime”. It shows that banning firearms would have very little impact on the overall crime rate in the US.

      If you look at the FBI’s data for murder, the top 4 states in the US with the highest number of murders are California, Texas, New York, and Illinois. Three of those four have the most restrictive gun laws out of all the states. The reason for Texas’ position can be easily postulated as one similar to California’s: Proximity to the Mexican border and large urban areas with substantial gang-related problems.

      Crime is a socioeconomic issue that won’t be easily solved with a simple “ban guns” plan. Unfortunately, many Americans are too stupid to figure that out, but certain politicians are smart enough to use that stupidity to their own advantage.

      • Brandon January 26, 2015 at 9:13 pm #


  3. Shaggy January 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    The problem with Detroit is that most the people that can lawfully own guns left and the only ones left cannot lawfully own them.

  4. hardh8 January 29, 2015 at 1:33 am #

    Apparently most of the police chiefs in America don’t know these facts since almost all of them support “gun control.” Which means gun only in the hands of the Police State Government too most of them

  5. Dr. Art Joslin January 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    I work in Detroit as an armed professional. Detroit does NOT have strict gun controls. In fact, Michigan is a “shall-issue” state. 500k people have concealed pistol license in Michigan. Get the facts right.

    • Brandon January 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

      Art, you might be better served commenting on the YouTube video, as I’m just the one who shared it. Bill Whittle isn’t likely to see your comment here.