I travel to Ireland and Northern Irelandabout every2 years.I'll be going back to Ireland in a few months for vacation. I feel safer over there than I do here!
I've been all over Ireland and the North in the neighborhoods that the IRA used to run in Belfastand still felt safe. The Police in Ireland don't even carry weapons on them! They do in Northern Ireland though. I don't think people in Ireland or the U.K. are even allowed to purchase firearms but I could be wrong.
Ireland and the U.K. though has their share of crime just like over here. It's no different. I felt safer in Belfast 6 years ago when there were Irish Terrorists running around planning operations than I would in Oakland or Richmond for that matter!