Not true, overall, the homicide rate in the USA is far greater per capita than the UK; "There were a total of 859 homicide offences recorded in 2004/05, an increase of one per cent compared to the previous year. " (http://www.crimestatistics.org.uk/output/page40.asp) In the USA, in 2005, there were 16,692 homicides, according to the FBI (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/data/table_01.html) So our number of homicides is nearly 1/20th of yours. Per capita that's nearly four times our rate. This disproves the argument that people will go use a knife or a bat if they can't get a gun. Simply, they have time to cool off if they can't take action immediately, and that saves lives.