One thing that gets skipped over a lot in the "violent crime rates" discussion in other countries than the US is the fact that they rarely, if ever, go into the true statistics that matter: crime rate per capita. You can toss out big numbers all you like, but if there isn't any context that makes any sense other than another media attempt to make you not miss your guns.
On another board someone had posted that despite having approximately the same population as New York State, Australia has a lower crime rate. So I whipped out the stats from government of Australia and New York and proceeded to point out that there were more rapes and robberies, without any other violent crimes being counted, then there were violent crimes in New York across the entire violent crime spectrum. Something completely berserk like around 700,000 assaults (not counting the 100,000+ rapes and robberies) in the May 2004 to April 2005 compared to right around 90,000 violent crimes total in New York State.
Shocking stats, but hardly surprising to me as I used to hang out with some Australian exchange students in college. Those boys would start a knock-down, drag-out brawl at the drop of a hat while saying how crazy we "Yanks" are because we allow our citizens to own firearms with such minimal legal controls.