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Food for thought on reality of gun bans
by Joel Shangle, Editor
In 1997, under new Prime Minister Tony Blair, the British government passed one of the most all-encompassing gun bans in the free world. These new gun policies called for the confiscation of all privately owned handguns, including priceless antiques and Olympic pistols, in the interest of public safety.
They didnít work.
In the four-plus years following the ban, itís become painfully apparent that infringing on the British publicís right to own handguns was a disastrous piece of legislation, as the following figures reported by the London Sunday Times indicate:
- According to figures released this October by the British Home Office, handgun crime in England is at its highest since 1993.
- Since the law was passed in 1997, “criminal misuse” of handguns has skyrocketed by 40 percent.
- Englandís murder rate through the first eight months of this year was 20 percent higher than in 1997, the year that the ban was passed.
- Robberies in which criminals use or threaten violence have risen by 35 percent since 2001.
Britainís police forces, now charged with protecting an unarmed populace, have struggled in vain to stem the tide of activity by armed criminals who, surprisingly, donít pay attention to gun bans. According to the Oct. 13 edition of the Sunday Times, Commander Andy Baker - the man in charge of more than 900 detectives investigating all murders in London - blames drugs and the greater availability of underground handguns for the precipitous rise in the cityís violent crime rate.
Need more? Try this: According to a draft study prepared for the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justiceís Vienna Session in 1997, and the 1992–93 UN Demographics Yearbook, five of the six countries with the highest single-year murder rates since 1990 operate under a total gun ban.
What does that all mean? The California Rifle & Pistol Association summed it up best in a recent release: Gun control laws typically increase violent crime. Firearms in the hands of a law-abiding populace deter crimes.
Food for thought.
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