Hell, Michael Moore’s big thesis in Bowling for Columbine was that America (high rate of gun ownership, high rate of crime) differed from Canada (high rate of gun ownership, low rate of crime) only because of the “fear” created by media reporting on crime.
Canada: 2.82% black.
United States: 12.6% black.
I know that correlation doesn’t equal causation, but there’s that damned correlation. Again.
Also, if you remove black crime from the statistics, America’s crime rates are lower than those of Canada.
You have to do a bit of addition and subraction to reach this conclusion, because for some reason national crime statistics really dislike making comparisons between racial crime rates.
I’ve posted several times on this issue, once way back in 2002 or 2003 where I crunched all the numbers and arrived at the same conclusion, but I can’t seem to track down that post. Here’s something similar from 2006: Worth A Revisit | Daily Pundit