http://www.city-journal.org/2009/19_2_b ... crime.html
*Defenders of the statistics counter that changes in crime-counting rules kicked in during 1998, pushing the number of recorded crimes up. Perhaps—but that doesn’t account for the even grimmer picture painted by police records of violent crime. Sure enough, when the rules changed in 1998, the total number of violent crimes recorded jumped from 231,000 to 503,000. But then, even after the switch, it continued to rise sharply, hitting a peak of 1.06 million in 2006. That number has since declined only slightly: in 2008, the number of police-recorded violent crimes stood at 961,000. When it comes to violence, in other words, Police Recorded Crime actually confirms the public’s general view.
Please read all of the links I have posted thoroughly. Also, you could just google British Crime Rate. And to Rboni, I never said that the NRA lacked MONEY, what I said was that they lacked media coverage. The Media simply doesn't like them, for a variety of reasons. In terms of MEDIA COVERAGE they are the underdogs. There are no laws in America saying that the television stations *have* to take the NRA's money and run their ads. The NRA has the MONEY for ads, sure. The television networks simply refuse to do business with them. That is what Heston complained about in the link I provided. HOWEVER, the NRA is trying to GET ads on T.V. I think they might also have ads on the radio, but I am all but sure are none on T.V. I know that not simply because Heston complained about it in his speech, but from personal experience watching T.V. while living in States like Arkansas that were heavily pro-gun. I have never seen NRA ads on television, EVER. Despite living 5 years in a state where everyone supported the right. My guess is that they think they can get the t.v. stations to run ads for them soon, or that they are concerned about radio. Anyways, I am speaking form personal experience here. Put simply, Heston wasn't complaining for nothing.
I was born in California, and grew up hearing a lot of liberal views on guns. I went to Arkansas and heard a lot of conservative views on guns. In the end, I decided to be open mined, and listen to both sides, then make my conclusion. I have ultimately decided to support the right to bear arms, because that is what the math supports.
Sorry, I just had to post this last one. Seriously, just google British Crime Rate. You will find tons of this stuff.