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Jan 16, 2013

Piers Morgan’s deceit exposed

“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Beyond This Horizon

 A couple of days ago on this site we accused Piers Morgan of ‘being a little disingenuous with his figures in relation to his statements in his debate with Jesse Ventura on gun control. We pointed out that while Britain had a lower gun murder rate than the US, it by no means indicated that the UK is a more civilized society, just that 93.4% of them prefer blunt or sharp objects to guns when committing murder.

 Libertarian Republican has a good find in a video clip that details just how deliberately deceitful Morgan was with the figures in his claims when interviewing Alex Jones. These were similar to those in the Ventura interview:

 Morgan’s claim that there were 35 murders in ‘Britain’ may be correct, but that figure excludes Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which would otherwise be included if the term Great Britain or the UK was used.

 His assertion that there were 11,000 gun murders in the US is also dishonest. FBI stats state that there were 8,583 of them in 2011 with 660 of them being ‘justifiable’ ones by law enforcement or civilians. Great Britain had 59, not 35.

 The UK though, has a violent crime rate of 2,034 per hundred thousand people, compared with 446 in the US, (four and a half times higher) and even 25% higher than troubled South Africa.

 If CNN are really convinced that Americans need to be talked down to by foreigners on the subject of crime and guns, it would be better if they picked someone who does not hail from one of the most violent societies on earth.

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