Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The UK and Gun Control

A policy that backfired - Times Online. By outlawing guns, the UK has become one big disarmed victim zone.
The handgun ban introduced after Dunblane has silenced gun clubs and forced Britain’s Olympic shooters to practise overseas, but it certainly hasn’t prevented the criminal classes from arming themselves like never before.
In 1996 7,753 gun crimes were committed in England and Wales. In the 2003/2004 reporting year, that figured had climbed to 24,094 gun crimes. That is a 211% increase in gun crime, after the law-abiding were disarmed. Murders committed with guns rose from 49 to 68 over the same period.

The gun banners liked to say in 1996 that the US has lots of guns and lots of crime when justifying the restrictions.
Conveniently, campaigners did not draw attention to Norway and Switzerland, which combine some of the highest rates of gun-owner- ship with the lowest crime rates.
But why let facts get in the way of setting public policy?
[T]he evidence now points me to an obvious conclusion: that an outright ban on handguns was a pathetic gesture that has disrupted peaceful sports but done absolutely nothing to make any of us safer.
Not bad for the London Times.

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