Piers Morgan Inflating U.S. Gun Homicide Count, Understating UK's, Fox Analyst Shows

January 10, 2013 - 9:57 AM

Cincinnati Fox affiliate commentator Ben Swann called out CNN host Piers Morgan on his use of gun statistics in the UK which he says are “not correct.”

Swann played a clip of the debate between Piers Morgan and news/talk host Alex Jones in which Morgan claims that there were 11,000 gun murders in the U.S. in 2011 and only 35 in Great Britain.

Citing FBI and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime statistics, Swann said: “We wanted to take a look at some of that exchange because the stat that Piers Morgan was continuing to cite, one that Great Britain, which banned guns about 15 years ago, had only 35 gun-related murders in 2011 compared to the United States which had 11,000.

“Let’s start there, because that number is not correct.  According to FBI crime stats for 2011, there were 12,664 homicides in the U.S.  Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms.  But, of those, 400 are listed as justifiable homicide by law enforcement.  260 justifiable homicide by private citizens.

“On the other hand, it is true that percentage-wise, Britain has a lower gun homicide rate.  With a population of 62.6 million, Great Britain saw 59 gun-related homicides for 2011.  Still, not the 35 Piers Morgan keeps citing.”

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