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Gullible Gunners

I wrote earlier about the Tony Martin case. Martin shot a fleeing burglar in the back and left him to die. He was convicted of murder (reduced to manslaughter on appeal). Pro-gunners such as John Lott, Glenn Reynolds and John Derbyshire have written about the Martin case, apparently unaware of the facts that showed that…

Another meaningless on-line poll

Glenn Reynolds approvingly links to another poll that he claims provides More evidence that the British public is taking a tougher line on crime than the British government. Of course, Reynolds yet again fails to take notice of the fact that it is yet another meaningless on-line poll which tells nothing useful about what the…

Yet another columnist has demonstrated profound ignorance of opinion polling. Scott Norvell writes about the meaningless BBC phone-in poll (discussed earlier here and here): Britain’s chattering classes sure can get their knickers in a knot with the will of the people offends their liberal sensibilities. A phone-in poll does not represent the will of the…

Another meaningless poll

Glenn Reynolds links approvingly to a post by Thomas Lifson on the results of a BBC phone-in and email poll that allowed people to propose a new law that they would like to see passed. The winning proposal was a law that would allow home-owners to use any means to defend their home from intruders.…

Self defence stories from England

These are extracts from stories about homicides in England found by searching Factiva for “self-defence and (burglar or robber)”.

More gun control, less crime

Glenn Reynolds links to a news story about crime rates in England and declares “More gun control, more crime”. However, the story actually states that there was less overall crime. The story also states that gun crime has increased to 0.15 gun homicides in England and Wales per 100,000 population in the previous year, compared…

More on the British Crime Survey

Jim Henley is still concerned about the possibility that the BCS figures might be cooked. I still consider this possibility extremely unlikely because it would require some sort of conspiracy between the statisticians (who don’t have an interest in crime figures showing some particular result) and the top level people (who do have such an…

The British Crime Survey

Jim Henley reflects on the British crime statistics I mentioned a couple of days ago. He is concerned that I am too trusting of the British Crime Survey. As far as I can tell they have used standard practices for victimization surveys and since many people are involved I don’t see how the data could…

English Crime Trends

Joyce Lee Malcolm has an article in Reason online entitled Gun Control’s Twisted Outcome. In that article she claims “And in the four years from 1997 to 2001, the rate of violent crime [in England] more than doubled.” and asserts that this increase was caused by British gun control. However if you look at the…

Clayton Cramer wrote: “The Offences Against The Person Act of 1861 only allows use of deadly force against an attacker similarly armed. Otherwise a firearm can only be used with the intent of frightening an attacker — even if the warning shot accidentally hits the attacker. For practical purposes, guns are seldom used defensively in…