From this article:
Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time. Moreover, another massacre occurred in June 2010. Derrick Bird, a taxi driver in Cumbria, shot his brother and a colleague then drove off through rural villages killing 12 people and injuring 11 more before killing himself.
Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens who have come into the possession of a firearm, even accidentally, have been harshly treated. In 2009 a former soldier, Paul Clarke, found a bag in his garden containing a shotgun. He brought it to the police station and was immediately handcuffed and charged with possession of the gun. At his trial the judge noted: “In law there is no dispute that Mr. Clarke has no defence to this charge. The intention of anybody possessing a firearm is irrelevant.” Mr. Clarke was sentenced to five years in prison. A public outcry eventually won his release.
Honestly, I can’t get that second paragraph out of my mind. Seriously, people can be arrested just for having a gun–even if the reason they have it is because somebody threw it in their yard, and even if they did the proper and legal thing and turned it in? People actually would rather America adapt such Orwellian measures, just for the sake of feeling a little safer? That’s… that’s scary.
And here’s a statistical report released by the United Kingdom government. Highlights include:
There were 636 homicides in England and Wales in 2010/11 including the 12 victims of the Cumbrian shootings committed on 2 June 2010. The total number of homicides in 2010/11 was 28 higher than the 608 in 2009/10
(a 5% increase)
* There were 60 victims of homicide by shooting (58 by firearm, 2 by crossbow), an increase of 19 from 2009/10. This includes the 12 victims of the Cumbrian shootings
Really, the very fact that they’re still having gun violence at all (and even have a section of their report dedicated to firearm crimes) proves what myself and TheWrathOfSeven have been saying all along: gun bans will not work. Just like drug bans didn’t work in the eighties and alcohol bans didn’t work in the 1920s.
But of course, certain people will never be convinced, no matter how many facts you present. It’s clear that on some level, the wish to ban guns is more about emotional stimuli (or, to put that in layman’s terms: fear) than about probability or what’s actually best for society. Some people are just born to be sheep.