Piers Morgan (I can't post in Cupocity's thread because I forgot to use lube) loves to compare the gun murder rate between our two countries, but tends to avoid comparison between the (much much
closer) overall murder rates.
Since 1997, the murder rate in the U.K. has declined from 1.18 to 1.15 murders per 100,000 population. In the U.S. during the same period, the murder rate dropped from 6.8 to 4.7 – a fall of more than two murders per 100,000 population, or nearly 30 percent.
Yes the UK has a lower murder rate (they always have, for a multitude of reasons.) But there certainly doesn't seem to have been any noticeable reduction since the handgun ban. Meanwhile the murder rate has dropped almost 15% (in half the time) since the expiration
of our assault weapons (and high capacity magazines) ban.