Gun-Related Crimes Jump In Britain Are you stupid?: Gun-Related Crimes Jump In Britain

By Robert B. Bluey on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 11:08 am:

    Handgun-related crimes are up sharply in England and Wales despite strict gun-control measures that were implemented in the late 1990s, according to statistics released by the British government last week.

    Crimes involving guns jumped 35 percent in the yearlong survey, while the use of handguns -- already illegal -- rose 46 percent.
    Gun-control laws in the United Kingdom are some of the strictest in the world, but gun-related crimes have increased annually since a ban on handguns was imposed after the Dunblane Primary School massacre in 1996. Sixteen students and a teacher were left dead in the shooting.

    Overall, crime rose slightly more than 9 percent in England and Wales, but violence stemming from guns soared the most. There were nearly 10,000 incidents involving firearms, including 97 gun-related murders and 558 serious causalities.

    A ban on handguns was imposed after the Dunblane Primary School massacre in 1996. Sixteen students and a teacher were left dead in the shooting.

    British lawmakers immediately moved to tighten gun control laws last week, imposing a mandatory five-year prison sentence on anyone found carrying a handgun.

    Home Secretary David Blunkett announced the new punishment last Monday, and then following a Friday summit released other initiatives, including an amnesty program that will allow citizens to hand in guns to police.

    "While we already have some of the toughest gun laws in the world, there has been an unacceptable increase in the flagrant use of guns in crime across the country," Blunkett said in a statement, noting that the new mandatory sentence will send criminals a clear message.

    Liberal Democrats said the statistics demonstrate the need for stricter gun-control measures.

    Gun Owners of America spokesman Erich Pratt said some states and cities in the United States have taken an approach similar to the United Kingdom, only to find that crime almost always increases.

    "We've seen the same thing in this country," he said. "In Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles -- wherever firearms have been strictly curtailed, inevitably there's an increase in crime because people can no longer defend themselves."

By eri on Sunday, January 19, 2003 - 12:53 pm:

    Imagine that. This article says exactly what I have been saying since Rosie O'Donnell was an ass to Tom Selleck for his voice over in an NRA ad.

    Go figure....I'm not the only one!!!

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