American Elephants

The Great VIOLENT North by Emerald City Elephant

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Canadians are nice, friendly, peaceful people, and Americans are violent pigs living in a crime infested country, right?


Completely 100% bass-ackwards as a matter of fact. Canada’s violent crime rate is twice that of the United States. According to the FBI, there are 4.7 violent crimes per 1,000 Americans—but there are 9.5 violent crimes for every 1,000 Canucks according to Statistics Canada. (HT/Don Surber, Charleston Daily Mail)

I don’t doubt it. I’ve lived in the United States my entire life and have never been victim to violent crime. I’ve visited Vancouver, BC a handful of times and was nearly the victim of an attempted bashing. (Fortunately an ambulance was driving by at the time and turned its sirens and lights on and scared the group of young men that had just started pushing us around away.)

And as Mr. Surber explains, it isn’t just Canada—Norway has over twice as much crime per capita and nearly 20% more violent crime per capita.

But how can that be, you say? The United States leads the world in prison population!

By Jove, I think she’s got it!

We are told that the United States leads the world in its prison population. This may be true. Roughly 1/2 of 1 percent of Americans are in prison.The upside is that is nearly 1.4 million robbers, muggers, killers and rapists who are not out robbing, mugging, killing and raping.

…The prisons are worth every penny.

Prisons keep more children from being molested. Prisons keep more people from being killed. Prisons keep more drunken drivers off the road.

Some say the nation is becoming a “prison state.” I grew up in a high crime area in Cleveland where no one ventured out after dark.

That’s a prison state.

The choice is this: Either have a high incarceration rate or have a high crime rate. Norway and Canada have made their choice. America has made hers. [read more]

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