I find this to be comedically ironic, because in the US during gun control debates the pro-gun-control person usually talks about Europe having lower crime rates than the US, or something along those lines.

However, there's been a trend in the UK where crime is more and more on peoples' minds, according to The Economist. Basically, back in 1997 more people in the UK thought that health care was more important than crime, but today more think crime is more important than health care.

Also, even though you're still less likely to get *murdered* in London than in NYC, you are more likely to have the crap beaten out of you by a bunch of chavs in London than in NYC. That statistic makes sense to me considering in all my years of living in NYC I was never jumped by a trifecta of hoodie-wearing youths with nunchaku.

All that is from there: http://www.economist.com/world/brita...ry_id=13145330

...but that's not all.

If we go back to the whole gun/weapon control thing, it is comedically ironic because even though the UK is known for draconian weapon control laws, i.e. no pointy medieval-style cooking knives are allowed anymore, knife crime is going up. What is more, the Home Office had originally published statistics saying that knife crime had been going down, but then the Statistics Authority basically told them they had to retract their statements because their statistics were basically manipulative number games and not reflecting reality. So in the first place, it shows that the Home Office could have been doctoring their crime rate statistics all along. And the people who live in the UK still are afraid of crime or are concerned about it, because in a recent British Crime Survey two thirds of respondants said that crime was on the rise.

That article is here: http://www.economist.com/world/brita...ry_id=12861521

After reading all about the UK I want to go have a cup of Twinings tea out of a sense of irony.

P.S.: LOL gun crime goes up 35%: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2640817.stm