lmard55 you are displaying your limited intellect by stating that people who are afraid to ride are $%^*( wussies. You should try really hard to grow a brain sometime.
October 1, 2013 at 12:34am
MysteryofBabylon-inconsistency – bro, if I see you on the road, I’ll gladly run your moron ass down. COme after me with my wife and kid in the car and see how your modern day cowboy ass survives the front of my dodge ram.
October 1, 2013 at 12:23am
I would have thrown it in reverse and ran down every one of these wankers. If I had 100 bikers honking and revving engines at me and my wife was in the car, I would have been hitting all of them. Scumbags.
February 7, 2013 at 9:46am
Calm down wankers, it was just a suggestion from a liberal wanker….that doesn’t mean all Australians are wankers so stop wanking on about it.
January 1, 2013 at 4:06pm
Those 2 guys in Turkey around the street fire look like they’re having a blast.
December 28, 2012 at 7:04pm
The Aussie stats are not true…3% is rubbish. Here’s the real facts from the Australian Institute of Criminology if anyone cares to get the correct stats.
1996 is when we had the port arthur massacre and they have definitely dropped more than 3% since then.
Can’t speak to England but it’s gone down considerably more than 3% in Australia.
1 more thing – when it comes to guns but on a much bigger scale…. In Australia, we rely on you to defend us. While we spend all our money on health care. Yeah, sure, we’ll send our boat, helicopter and paratrooper to help out in a war but without the USA, we’d be speaking Japanese as the poms would be speaking German. There is something to be said about having the balls to defend yourself and America has them.
So from one thankful Aussie, keep kicking ass and taking names America, someone has to do it and you’ll get crap for it from idiots that don’t understand.
December 28, 2012 at 10:08am
These stats are bs. This article is so biased it’s not funny. I’m not a bleeding heart liberal either, just saying – don’t bend the facts to suit your beliefs. I”m Australian and it’s pretty dumb to compare. Australia has a gun related homicide rate of 1.8 per 100,000 population compared to America’s 9.1 according to one stat I just looked at. Not even close. Since the gun ban in 1996, the decline is certainly more than the quoted 3.2%. A peak of 344 in 1997 to 253 in 2007 is more than 3.2%. There were 310 homicides in Detroit alone in 2009, more than all of Australia.
There are some things built into cultures over centuries. We Australians were dropped on our island for flogging stuff so petty crime has always been high. Per 100,000 people, we rank 43% higher than the USA but that may have something to do with the fact that the US has 89% more prisoners than us. Rape, robbery r higher in Australia but gun related homicides are nowhere near the ballpark. Maybe if we all owned guns, those rates would be lower but the homicide rate higher. I do know that as a reformed road rager, I moved to Atlanta and ceased road rage the first time a guy reached for his gun for a honk.
You can’t compare 11,493 gun related homicides a year to 253 even when you take the population into consideration.
America has always had a gun culture and the horse has already bolted in the US. You can’t EVER get the guns out of the system…I know of no Americans that would gladly hand their
Whether or not we can compare the lessons from Britain and Australia to the U.S. remains to be seen. However, the stats presented in the article are certainly better than the usual misinformation presented by activists, members of Congress, and your average journalist. As you note, there are a myriad factors that make cross-national comparisons bogus. Which is why it is helpful to examine "natural experiments" holding as many things constant as possible (for example by focusing on just within a country) and varying only one thing -- in this case passage of gun laws. On this account, examining outcomes in Britain and Australia is very relevant. It is, however, completely flawed to point to gun crimes between countries (so comparing gun violence in Australia and the U.S., Denmark and the U.S., etc.) as there are way too many intervening variables. One major factor that is invariably ignored is cultural homogeneity. By definition, this is impossible to achieve in a nation of immigrants. While this will result in conflict, it also breeds genius and innovation, making the U.S. the great country that it is.
How about overall homicides? A gun is a tool, nothing more. If someone is going to commit murder, they don't need this tool or that to do it.
Maybe you should just outlaw homicide, since laws are so effective at stopping criminals...
Considering you spoke with such confidence about your stats, why not give us a link or cite them to see if they are more reliable than those of the CDC or the Brookings Institute.
Bring up our state by state murder rates. Many of our states compare favorably with any country. The states with the worst murder rates are the very states with the most anti gun laws. Our cities with the highest murder rates are our cities with the most gun restrictions. What we have are some cultural issues in our big cities with high minority populations (our most liberal cities), Chicago (Obama's home) being the worst. Murder rates are just the opposite of home gun ownership rates in America. Rural areas with the highest gun ownership rates, have the lowest murder rates. Large urban areas, with the lowest gun ownership rates have the highest murder rates. It is a cultural issue.
Dorkville, thanks for posting. You're showing us the problem with stories like these. There are no references given, just assertions. "After a school massacre, the U.K. banned handguns in 1998. A decade later, handgun crime has doubled." Has it really? It doubled exactly? In precisely ten years? All an opponent needs to do is wander by and say "No it hasn't" and we're back to square one because we can't cite any numbers.
You're right that it's really not useful to compare crime and gun ownership in the US and Australia, or any two countries. Different countries have many other factors that figure into the equation. If someone from the UK says "You have too much gun crime in the US," we can turn around and say "You should figure out how to stop all those home invasions." We're trying to compare things that have so many variables that there's no way to make sense of the comparison.
OK, try this one http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19641398
You also need to examine population density. In Australia there are about 3 people per square KM. In the US it's about 34. In Australia even if you wanted to shoot someone you'd first have to find them! In the US I may not know my neighbor but at least I can see him.
I wonder how the poll about disarming the police would pan out among US police officers. Are you saying we should disarm the cops here? Yeah, that'll work! Here in Chicago we have had 500 murders this year, 2/3 of them gang related. We have 60,000 gang members in the city. They have guns. They probably won't be at the head of line to exchange them for gift cards.
"Australia has a gun related homicide rate of 1.8 per 100,000 population compared to America’s 9.1 according to one stat I just looked at. Not even close."
Those numbers don't add up. If America has a population of 310 million, with 11,493 gun-related homicides per year, that comes to a homicide rate of 3.7 per 100,000...not 9.1.
Do you have a ghetto culture in Australia? If not...there's your answer to America's higher murder rate. Inner-city gangbangers killing inner-city gangbangers. Doesn't really effect me in the 'burbs, where it's safe and nothing even remotely interesting ever happens.
I'm not saying the US should disarm its cops - I was supplying the stats nonwinger asked for. If you had 500 murders in Chicago I'm sure you have the situation under control.
That's the problem - Chicago doesn't have it under control. We've had decades of liberal government and the most strict gun control laws in the country and the body count keeps climbing. Their idea of a solution is more of the same only bigger - tighter gun restrictions and more control of the populous.
1 more thing - when it comes to guns but on a much bigger scale.... In Australia, we rely on you to defend us. While we spend all our money on health care. Yeah, sure, we'll send our boat, helicopter and paratrooper to help out in a war but without the USA, we'd be speaking Japanese as the poms would be speaking German. There is something to be said about having the balls to defend yourself and America has them.
So from one thankful Aussie, keep kicking ass and taking names America, someone has to do it and you'll get crap for it from idiots that don't understand.
Chicago has a gun ban stupid
That's why there is more gun violence there
You unwittingly made our point.
When innocent people cannot defend themselves, they become victims.
Answer Goodstuff. does Australia have a ghetto culture?
There are many variables that sociologist study.
And yet the anti gun nuts want to seize guns. I read vladtepesblog, Frontpagemagazine & hear back from relatives & all I see is Europe becoming more violent. No they don't have ghetto culture in Europe per se, they have something much worse.
They do have the art of not taking police report down to a science now as attested by Naomi Wolf in Rape in Sweden or not reporting unrest in France.
"You can’t compare 11,493 gun related homicides a year to 253 even when you take the population into consideration."
Sure you can. I know what you're trying to say -- that there are other factors -- but countering what you perceive to be bias with just "opposite bias" won't help. It is fair to compare the different countries, taking population into account. And there's a term in science called a "scientific sample" -- basically, the wider you aim the scope of your investigation, the more those variances from other factors become irrelevant. When a clear trend still emerges, it's reliable.
Also a point from physics is important here -- that what matters is NOT just whether something has moved forward, or moved back, but it is really about whether it has accelerated or deaccelerated. In other words, a slight improvement in Australia, in the context of dramatic worsening in Britain, still gives us an acceleration result overall of gun bans leading to murder. There may be less now in Australia, but this is a clear indicator that it is that stat that is likely being affected by other factors, so it doesn't really argue against the basic conclusion that gun bans are bad.
Likely without the gun ban, the improvement in Australia would have been even better for unrelated reasons. So there is still no logical recourse for liberals to point to the downward direction as proof that the gun ban actually helped matters.
You say "answer goodstuff" - I've never been to Australia so I can't obey your orders - judging by your name you have. Do you know what the aborigines mean when they say someone has "gone walkabout"!
I asked you to answer Goodstuff's argument about "Ghetto Culture" affecting the American crime rate vis-a-vis the Australian Crime Rate. You don't have to actually visit a country to know something or a great deal about a country.
So your answer was an ad hominem attack because you have nothing. G'day :)
Your last statement about us always having had a gun culture is spot on.
But, did you stop to wonder why?
The answer is simple.
We maintain our right to keep and bear arms in order to balance out governmentaln power. By keeping our guns, we can stop tyranny in its trachs, should it rear its ugly head here.
Lokk at 20th century history. Those nations which stripped the people of their guns went on to oppress them. ( Nazi Germany, USSR, etc).
I can't speak for anyone else, but in my view, a government which wishes to restrict gun ownership is one which cannot be trusted. It is one which is degenerating into tryanny.
I'll keep my guns, thank you. And if some nutjob tries to shoot the place up, I will have the means by which to stop him in his tracks.
Think about it.
Remember, criminals won't turn their guns in if they are banned. Only those who are law-abiding will. That leaves them vulnerable.
If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.
December 27, 2012 at 8:28am
Actually Thomas, he is after everyone, his will is that none should perish…he’s not going to get everyone though. Morgan may be an idiot but God still loves him and he still may be saved but with a proud arrogant heart, it’ll be tough but nothing is impossible for God. Pray for him.
Piers Morgan may be a fool but God still loves the guy. With all the energy you use to type out a message against the numbnut, try praying for him equally as much.
November 20, 2012 at 9:11am
You sir are a very basic human being. You should not be allowed to breed.
November 20, 2012 at 9:01am
French women singing…what are our streets becoming? I urge all Aussies and Americans to keep an eye out for French women singing…especially if they do it on buses. French women singing in public has to stop. Any outwards signs that you are happy like singing should be crushed and especially if it’s a French woman singing
We need to round up all French women singing and put them in concentration camps. They must be stopped before we lose our national identity.
Or better still , stop all immigration to first world countries by third worlders and stop trying to force mult-culti diveristy enrichment crap down peoples throats.
November 20, 2012 at 8:57am
Yes, our country needs to be saved from the invasion of French women singing. God help us, how did we end up with so many French women singing? French women singing are a stain on the world and must be all killed. Why, just last night I was walking down the street and a gang of 5 French women singing attacked me and robbed me. I heard of a man that was beaten and killed by a wild mob of French women singing. TruthSurfer, you’re a nutter.
November 20, 2012 at 8:35am
It’s a bit hard to judge this video as the narrator obviously has an agenda judging on the fact that he say’s he’s brown and gives a big FU at the end but here’s the deal, the screamer obviously has a bit of a temper/rage issue and it’s displayed by throwing a rock through the window that could have injured anyone on the bus. He was probably drunk as well. We aussies love our beer.
Oz has it’s racists like anywhere else. I know of no country that hasn’t got a few.
And as for illegals getting what they deserve as some posters have implied, the French lady didn’t swim across the rio grande, she’s probably a tourist.
September 17, 2012 at 7:07am
Really??????? Come on blaze. What next? SOme of the jihadists are wearing blue jeans and so are the occupy people???
Isaiah 43:13 “From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions.”
From eternity means he was never a man and to eternity says he always will be God. You will never be. You are a man. Your religion is MADE IN AMERICA. It’s a farce. Argue all you like, much smarter people than you have written countless books on Mormonism. Wanting it to be correct doesn’t make it correct. You’ve probably grown up in it and couldn’t stand the thought of it being wrong but it is.
September 7, 2012 at 12:36pm
Mormons are great, moral people, you’re just wrong Grandma.
September 7, 2012 at 12:26pm
Glenn, you are an investigative journalist, one of the best. You really should investigate your religion in a much deeper way, then you would find that it is simply made in America. It’s a false religion with a MOUNTAIN of false doctrine. If you were to objectively look into it, you would renounce it. Same goes with any clear thinking Mormon. Argue with me all you like on this but it’s true.
Relevant username. You definitely are one.
Anyway, saying "you know I'm right" doesn't make it right, it just makes you *feel* like you're right.
Who else wants to participate in the ad hominem?
But, really, I'd like to see some actual proof to support your argument. If you really
came to that conclusion, you (should) have some reasons. Don't say "hurr durr find ur own reasons",
because that proves nothing. NOTHING. RAGE. FLAME. CAPS. CRUISING DOWN CAPS LANE.
all you guys suck
September 6, 2012 at 6:21pm
The fact that a silly old lady saying in jest that she would kill Romney is a joke. Why is this a story??? Have we become so stupid and sensitive we make a big deal about this and the Secret Service even knows about it?????
Perhaps she is going to hire an assassin. Perhaps she will sneak into romney’s house and kill him, I mean really??? Stories like this make us conservatives look stupid and petty.