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Comparing U.S. to Cherry-Picked Countries on Guns Fools No One but the Ignorant

Comparing U.S. to Cherry-Picked Countries on Guns Fools No One but the Ignorant
This is what emulating other countries on “gun laws” looks like. (United Nations)

“These 4 countries have nearly eliminated gun deaths — here’s what the US can learn,” senior innovation reporter Chris Weller presumes to instruct in a Wednesday Business Insider apologia for global citizen disarmament. “Some countries have figured out how to curb gun violence through targeted strategies.”

Those countries are Japan, Australia, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and Weller claims they “may all offer insight.” If the goal is to abandon the Constitution and Bill of Rights and embrace citizen disarmament, he has a point.

Starting with Australia, he lauds the effectiveness of the government’s ban on ownership of semi-automatic firearms and pump action shotguns, and its subsequent mandatory (and misnamed) “buyback” and destruction ofsurrendered guns, fantasizing that the same could be accomplished here.

Economist and author John Lott has compellingly challenged the validity of many of the claims about the crime reduction that supposedly resulted from the Aussie gun-grab. As for compliance, this year marked the fourth attempt at a “buyback” amnesty since 1987 in an attempt to account for massive noncompliance with registration. And last, but certainly not least, a good many of us are just not going to surrender our guns. Ain’t gonna happen.

“Japan seldom has more than 10 shooting deaths a year in a population of 127 million people, due to its strict laws for obtaining firearms,” Weller assures us next.  Really? He’s sure that’s the reason?

It couldn’t be that Japan is essentially a homogeneous and traditional culture that has not allowed the conditions that breed generational violent lawlessness, as exist in U.S. urban areas under “progressive” rule? Because if it’s the guns, explain why the five million members of the NRA – arguably the most heavily-armed civilian population on the planet – are every bit as peaceable — more so, actually — as “law-abiding” Japanese. Don’t forget to add in Japan’s much higher suicide rate than the U.S. has. And you might also want to consider the just-caught serial killer who beheaded nine young people. As for Japan’s comparatively low murder rate and numbers, the city where I live has a much lower rate (as in non-existent), and talking to my neighbors it’s evident we have plenty of guns.

Our next stop is Norway (not that I mean for this to sound like one of those travelogues from the 50s). And Weller declares that “Norway exemplifies the power of social cohesion and trust … through measures like community policing.”

Give the globalist-manufactured refugee “crisis” time to percolate on that “social cohesion” bit, although it looks like somebody may be waking up to that with “[t]he number of asylum seekers …  plummet[ing] by 95 per cent since the start of this year as the country continues strict border checks and financial incentives for migrants to leave voluntarily.”

As for trust in the police and the desirability of adopting Norwegian gun laws, let me quote the first paragraph of one of my GUNS Magazine “Rights Watch” columns from 2011:

“A maniac disguised as a policeman went on a bombing and shooting spree in Norway, unopposed by responding law enforcement for a full 90 minutes. At this writing, eight people were killed by a car bomb explosion in Oslo, and less than two hours later, 69 people were shot and killed at a youth camp on Utoya Island. Per Radar Online, it was ‘the deadliest attack by a single gunman in history.’”

I’m just not seeing the “insight” being offered here on “how to curb gun violence through targeted strategies.”

Last up, the UK. They “took a multi-pronged approach,” meaning they banned handguns, semi-auto and pump action firearms, required shotgun registration, held their own “buybacks,” and destroyed surrendered firearms and ammunition. And again, the comparison between the UK and the U.S. is meaningless without factoring in key population differences

Intent on changing that through insane European “immigration” policies, we now see headlines like “22 Dead, 120 Injured, Youngest Victim Eight Years Old After ‘Suicide Bomb’ at UK Ariana Grande Concert.”  And give it a few years, because my prediction is “When It Comes to ‘Gun Violence,’ the UK Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”

If you’re starting to get the feeling that Weller had an assignment to fill and access to gun-grabber talking points, you’re probably not far off the mark. Because another article came out just last week by someone who does his own research, attorney David Kopel, who scored op ed space in The Washington Post of all places, and who demonstrates:

“The global history of mass shootings demonstrates that the vast majority of these crimes are perpetrated in places where citizen firearms ownership is close to nil. While people can argue about cause and effect, the facts are indisputable.”

Let’s see: Listen to Weller and emulate foreign nations by renouncing our guns and turning our backs on the Second Amendment, or reject that subversive call and respond to surrender demands like men who intend to win?


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. “Gun deaths.” “Gun violence.” Stupid artificial metrics that mean NOTHING. Don’t fall for them.

    If you criminalize all guns, and reduce “gun violence” by 90%, but violent crime as a whole goes up three times because victims can no longer defend themselves, you haven’t made things better, you’ve made things worse. But by Gloria Bunker logic, it makes the proggies feel better because those victims were just “pushed outa windows” instead of being shot by an evil, nasty gun.

  2. Didn’t we once fight and win a war against Britain because their king tried to disarm the colonists, among other tyrannical reasons?

    Now, we have politicians here trying to emulate the old (and current) British tyranny, the very thing we fought, bled, and died to rightfully repel.

    Britain sure has plenty of crime victims injured and killed by criminals with all sorts of implements besides guns, and still plenty of criminals who use guns as well. The British people have chosen their bed of helplessness, and now they must lie in it, but don’t import it over here.

    If the ballot box doesn’t stop this nonsense, folks may consider other options.

  3. Yes it is true that the USA is high in gun crimes….but take out the big cities (where guns are STRICTLY controlled) we don’t even make the top 100 list. AND to go a little farther….take black criminal violence out of the equation and the results are very similar. The countries you mentioned have far less population of blacks than we do. I’m not prejudiced…’s a verifiable fact. So should we ban guns or should we look at the real problem. I’m 62 and have owned guns all my life (since I was 11) and I’ve never even considered pointing a gun at another human being. Plus I have NEVER left a gun on the coffee table and went to the store and come back to find out my gun had loaded itself and gone out and done harm to ANY other person mor robbed anything or whatever. Guns don’t kill people…people do and they’ll continue to do so with whatever tool they can find. It’s not about guns…it’s about control and if we give up our arms we’ll know exactly what that means. PEOPLE are evil…..well some are. By the way…look at the looters…as a LARGE predominant majority…WHO is doing the looting… figure it out. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist…..the evidence is obvious. But the lawyers like to blame the innocent and take our money. I blame ALL of America’s problems on lawyers….THEY are the evil scum of the earth….pay attention people….our country is very close to collapse and the real cause is lawyers….face the truth

  4. Just like most liberals when it comes to gun control they lie and mislead. I have a letter from a senator from Australia that says America don’t let your government take your guns. Our gun confiscation of 1996 was a complete failure, crime went up by 60% because the criminals still have their guns and can buy all the guns they want on the black market. Just this week crime went up in the UK 25% same reason. Any country that strips their citizens from owning fire arms have complete control over them. Look at the countries that unarmed their citizens and how many of these citizens were killed by their own government. Many say that can’t happen today but I differ I’m not willing to take that chance. When you have a party like the democrats who cater to illegal aliens and Muslim’s, and want to leave our borders open and let anyone into the country over their own citizens, That’s a party I could never trust.

    1. Well said Colt 45. My wife an I are 76 years old and sleep a little better knowing that our weapons are near at hand. Any one that wants to take them will do so out of our cold dead hands. I belong to OATHKEEPERS because I think most of my brothers think the same.

  5. WWIII is upon us… and they are still trying to convince us we are wrong to defend ourselves… Just how stupid do they really think we are?… When there are politicians stacking up the body count and police officers that do the crap they do to the citizens, we are suppose to give up our guns?… Liberalism is a Mental Disorder and that is the only way to explain their efforts to disarm us…

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