There’s a weird right-wing trope that mocks the United Kingdom of having strict rules regarding knives and guns, while at the same time having a higher violent crime rate than the United States. There’s only one problem with that: it’s total bunk.
So, how does the US and the United Kingdom compare when it comes to gun and knife crime?
We looked at murder rates from both weapons over a five-year period.
There were 34 firearm homicides in the US per million of population in 2016, compared with 0.48 shooting-related murders in the UK.
Knife murders are also higher stateside: there were 4.96 homicides “due to knives or cutting instruments” in the US for every million of population in 2016.
In Britain there were 3.26 homicides involving a sharp instrument per million people in the year from April 2016 to March 2017.
Conservatives in the United States shouldn’t shoot guns if they live in a glass house.