Do We Know What Would Happen To The Public’s Safety In A Country Where Only The Criminals Had Guns? Yes We Do.There is a country where only the criminal have guns—England. In England handguns have been outlawed. No one can own them. The only guns private citizens can own are long guns (the kind used for hunting) and they can only shoot 2 bullets at a time. Further, there are strict requirements for a private citizen to obtain a license for the long gun, including references, interviews with the applicant and people who know them. FIREARM LICENSES ARE NOT GRANTED FOR SELF DEFENSE, WHICH IS NOT CONSIDERED A LEGITIMATE REASON FOR OWNING A GUN. No one can have a gun that shoots more than 2 bullets at a time. However, the criminals illegally get all the guns they want. They can get hand guns that shoot 32 bullets at a time – in under 15 seconds—just like the Tucson murderer.
England is a country very similar to ours. They hunt, they collect guns, and marksmanship is a big sport. They have serious drug problems, poverty, gangs, immigration issues etc. Because this is a country where only criminals have guns, we would expect there to be rampant gun violence – huge numbers of gun homicides and gun crime assaults. After all, only the criminals have guns. Even the police don’t carry guns. England has 75 gun homicides per year.
Notice the outright lies - the Telegraph article I refer to below mentions the police carrying machine guns. When I visited there in 1970, the Bobbies carried whistles and nightsticks. Also, the numbers are pure fiction.
Or perhaps they refer to "gun homicides" as cases where a person shot a gun and killed it?
My comment - their first one!
According to the Telegraph, gun deaths in merry old England have more than doubled since 1998Screen capture:
"In areas dominated by gang culture, we're now seeing guns used to settle scores between rivals as well as turf wars between rival drug dealers. We need to redouble our efforts to deal with the challenge."
There were 9,865 firearm offences in 2007/08, a rise of 89 per cent on the 5,209 recorded in 1998/99.
Lancashire Police saw a 598 per cent increase from just 50 to 349 over the period while Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Essex all saw five fold increases.
In total, 21 forces saw offences at least double over the decade while just four, Cleveland, Humberside, Cambridgeshire and Sussex, saw the number fall.
While provisional figures for 2008/09 suggest overall firearm offences may be down on the previous year, they point to a doubling of the number of people injured or killed.
Some 1,760 gun related injuries or deaths were provisionally recorded for 2008/09, compared with 864 in 1998/99."
Yep. "Law-abiding gun owners" carrying fully automatic weapons bought on the black market. Gun control sure works just fine.
Keep on believing in your rose-colored imaginary world where if we could just un-invent the gun, all would be peaches and cream and everyone would love their neighbor. I'll keep my guns.
Let's see if they allow that to remain.
Update: As of 8:45 this evening, it's still there, all by itself.
Update: 10:04 AM 2/72012 - still there - the ONLY comment so far.