Vox Calls U.S. Worst of “Developed Nations” on Gun Crime, But the Numbers Don’t Support that Narrative
Maybe you’ve heard this one. The United States has the worst gun crime of any developed nation. Does it sound familiar? It’s a favorite talking point of the left, but if you pay attention to the presentation, you’ll realize that it’s just a bunch of smoke and mirrors. There are a lot of problems with arguments that take this stance, and we’re going to shine a spotlight on them right now.
There are countless examples to consider with this dirty argument, but we only have time for a few. The first is a rather prominent Vox article that suggests gun crime is a uniquely American problem and easily solved with more gun control. The article mostly tries to make its point by comparing the United States to a list of “developed” countries. Their specific list includes Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Finland, Belgium, France, Poland, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, the UK and Australia.
Including the U.S., that’s 15 countries. Now, you might think that there are more than 15 developed nations in the world. You’d be right. This list conveniently forgets South Korea, New Zealand, Germany, Norway and Russia, just to name a few.
The world has three big lists of developed nations. One is compiled by the CIA, one by the IMF, and one by the OECD. All three of these lists include more than 30 countries — some of which include Israel, Mexico, Hong Kong, South Africa and Taiwan, among many more. You’ll notice that no liberal article or study ever includes all of these countries. They instead cherry pick the handful of countries that can beat the U.S. within very specific criteria.
In general, if a list of “developed” nations is shorter than 30, you can assume the U.S. will be ranked last. Don’t let that fool you. The Vox article has the U.S. listed as 15th in the world. That’s not perfect, but it’s pretty darn good.
In addition to cherry picking the participating nations in the study, Vox also distorts numbers. They will compare gun homicides in the U.S. to other nations but not total homicides.
They also love to include suicides in their homicide counts. Then, they’ll note that 20,000 Americans commit suicide with a gun every year. They’ll ignore that the same number commit suicide with a car every year (usually through carbon monoxide poisoning). The point is that everything in the article is slanted to distort the truth.
As you know, this isn’t limited to a single biased article. Everything coming from the left follows this same pattern. If you ever actually compare their data to FBI statistics, you see wild discrepancies. Most importantly, all of these hit pieces go to great lengths to prevent comparing apples to apples.
Here’s an example. The UK has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world. Unsurprisingly, that means they also have one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world. The left will tell you gun control is the reason, but the UK’s homicide rate was comparatively low before they went after guns.
Here’s what the numbers actually look like. Last year, the UK had 12.1 homicides per 1 million residents. The U.S. had 53 per 1 million. That’s a little more than four times as many homicides. Yet, the UK number doesn’t include suicides and the U.S. number does. If you subtract suicide, the U.S. rate is 17.6. Conversely, you can add UK suicides and get a rate of 21.3. This shows that the U.S. has neither a gun nor murder problem. It has a suicide problem.
The final trick up the left’s sleeve is to tell you that the suicide problem and the gun problem are the same thing. They’ll use data from Australia to suggest that banning guns will prevent suicide. Fully debunking claims surrounding the Australia gun ban is a whole other discussion, but there’s an important point that’s already been covered today. Cars are used to commit suicide just as often as guns. Since there are more cars in this country than people, it’s safe to assume that anyone determined to kill themselves could easily swap a car for a gun and still get the job done.
You could write a full dissertation on this single lie from the left. They aren’t going after guns to make people safer. If the data showed that gun control would work, they wouldn’t need these tricks. From now on, when someone tries to tell you that the U.S. is the worst among “developed” nations, you know that it’s a setup.
You can share this with them to shatter their stupid arguments. More importantly, you can stay active and vote to make sure these liars don’t get to pick our next Congress.
~ National Gun Network