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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Oh Shangri-la... Or Maybe Not

From NewsMax:
Press reports that Canada is a Shangri-la – an America with free health care and less crime – may be short sighted.

In fact, statistics show that the violent crime rate there is double that of the United States.

...an article by Canada's National Post columnist David Frum where he revealed that "Canada's overall crime rate is now 50 percent higher than the crime rate in the United States.” Moreover, "Since the early 1990s, crime rates have dropped in 48 of the 50 states and 80 percent of American cities. Over that same period, crime rates have risen in six of the 10 Canadian provinces and in seven of Canada’s 10 biggest cities.”

...the most recent complete data available from both countries that shows that in 2003, the violent crime rate in the United States was 475 per 100,000 people; while up north, there were 963 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The figure for sexual assault in Canada per 100,000 people was more than double that of the United States: 74 as opposed to 32.1; and the assault rate in Canada was also more than twice that of the states: 746 to America's 295 for the people.
The article concludes with an interesting parallel occurence. The U.S. crime rate has dropped even as more states passed ‘right-to-carry’ and ‘shall-issue’ handgun laws. The gun laws in Canada have gotten more restrictive, while crimes rose. Very interesting.


Anonymous 1/29/2006 08:04:00 AM  

Frum's statistics are nonsense. He got them by comparing data that no respectable criminologist ever would have compared. Every proper international comparison of crime in the US and Canada shows rates are similar, with the one exceptiong being murder: The rate is the US is triple the rate in Canada.

Kevin 1/29/2006 01:09:00 PM  

Frum got the statistics by comparing the most recent complete reports from the U.S. Department of Justice with those from its Canadian counterpart.

If you look at those figures you will see that, indeed, we have similar crime rates. However, crime rates in Canada are generally trending upward and in the U.S. they are generally trending downward.

You have a fraction of our population yet almost identical per capita crime rates that are rising. Dude, that sucks.

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