Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Britain banned guns following a 1996 massacre in Scotland. And the dimwitted liberal media want to tell you that this has made a major impact on crime there.
But if you read, the dimwits let the cat out of the bag: crimes with guns have exploded since that time.
It seems to be true: when owning a gun is made criminal, only criminals will own guns.
Britain's Gun Laws Seen as Curbing Attacks
At 9:35 a.m. on a March day in 1996, a disgruntled former scout leader walked into a primary school gym in Dunblane, Scotland, with four guns and killed 16 children and their teacher in Britain's worst mass shooting. The crime still causes Britons to recoil when they recall the victims, many of them only 5 years old.
That rampage, with guns purchased legally -- as were those used in last week's killings at Virginia Tech -- led to a near-total ban on handguns, and Britain's current laws are considered among the most restrictive in the world. Days after the shooting, hundreds of thousands of people signed petitions demanding tougher gun control, and weeks later more than 22,000 illegal or unwanted guns, and nearly 700,000 rounds of ammunition, were turned in to authorities under a special amnesty.
Although England already had tough restrictions in place, champions of the gun control laws say the new limits have been vital in keeping fatal shootings relatively rare.
So, the question is, what are the numbers behind the rhetoric?
Here they are, slipped in quickly so you won't notice them. And they are not good:
The number of crimes in which a handgun was used in England and Wales has risen from 299 in 1995 to 1,024 last year. Offenses committed with all types of firearms, including air guns, have also increased.
Ouch. But the numbers by themselves are not the only doom to this story - get this:
David Wilson, a professor of criminology at the University of Central England in Birmingham, said more people are killed in England by a knife or a fist than by a gun. England does not have a culture of "a right to bear arms," Wilson said, and even before the Dunblane incident, England was known for tough gun control.
So, to sum up: guns were pretty much illegal prior to Dunblane, but some nut got guns and committed the act anyway. The tough laws in the UK have shown to be a laugh, as gun crimes have exploded.
Remember, however: Britain laughs at us over the issue of guns. Someone should tell them to start looking in the mirror and see what imbeciles they are.