Why Women are Hurt Most by Gun Control
I thought I would take a moment to follow up on Wednesday’s Pursuit of Happiness. I’ll have more to say on this in the New Year.
But until then let me just show you some statistical comparisons between Australia, Iceland and the United States.
Make of these statistics what you will:
|Rates per 100,000 People||Australia||USA||Iceland|
* Per 100 population
Source: United Nations
If you listen to the mainstream press you’ll have the false belief that Australia is much safer than the US…because Aussies don’t have guns, whereas Americans are gun-toting lunatics.
While it’s true that the US homicide rate is much higher, that’s not much comfort to the 91.9 women per 100,000 of the population who are raped each year.
That’s more than three-times the reported rape levels of the US.
The Aussie assault rate is 24.8% higher than the US assault rate.
And the Aussie burglary rate is 42.2% higher than the US burglary rate.
So, does this mean there’s a direct relationship between gun control laws and higher rape, assault, burglary and vehicle theft rates? I don’t know for sure. There are probably many other factors involved.
For instance, Iceland has twice the number of guns per population than Australia and yet it has higher burglary, assault and robbery rates.
The fact is there’s more to crime numbers than just the access to firearms. There are also cultural issues as well.
It’s easy for the mainstream to pin higher homicide rates on guns. But it’s also worth noting that homicide rates in Australia and the UK continued to rise after the almost complete ban of private firearms in the late 1990s.
But like it or not, like every instance where the State intervenes to restrict rights in the name of supposedly protecting everyone, those hurt the most are the most at risk. In this case, I believe that’s women, who are left defenceless due to the State restricting ownership of firearms.
To finish, let me leave you with this chart that records the trend in sexual assaults from 1995 to 2007:
Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
Is the rise since the late 1990s a coincidence?
Maybe. But there’s still no doubt in my mind that due to State meddling, the most vulnerable are hurt the most.