In the gun-control debate, those who support an almost all out ban on guns, whether assault or not, point to England as a great example of how gun restrictions reduce deaths. This part of their debate is mostly true. Gun related homicides in the UK are significantly less than they are in the United States, but since there are always two sides to every story, I want you to be aware of the truth about the UK’s gun restrictions and gun restriction in place in the US.
After a mass shooting in 1996, the British government moved and enforced tough gun regulations including banning assault rifles, pump-action shotguns, etc. and a mandatory buy back of over 600,000 weapons. The results of this were that gun homicides have been reduced, but at what cost? From 1999-2009, England’s gun-related crime increased by 89%! England now has the highest violent crime rates in the EU. in 2008, There were nearly 1.1 MILLION violent crimes committed in the UK, as compared to only 300k in France and 147k in Italy. The UK is the most dangerous place in EU with 2% of its population being victims of violent crimes, that’s 4 times more than in the US. One of the main reasons violent crime has risen so much in England is because of gang-violence. Those are the people who don’t really care what the law says so they smuggle guns in and use them to prey on innocent people.
Australia enacted a similar gun restriction around the same time as England and Australians have suffered just as much. In 2002, 5 years after Australia banned guns the Australian Bureau of Criminology admitted that there was no correlation between gun restrictions and the use of guns in violent crime. In 2006, the murder rate by firearm was the highest that it had ever been. Similarly, assaults rose nearly 50%, robberies 6% (robbery is violent theft, there’s a difference between burglary and robbery), and rape 30%. At the same time America’s violent crime decreased 31%, robbery 33%, and Rape 20%. Australian women are now raped 3 times more than American women.
Another aspect of gun control being ignored by the majority of the media is the areas where tight gun regulations are in place, yet the crime rate is so high. A great example of this is Chicago. Chicago has some of the toughest gun restrictions in the nation, yet they had over 500 homicides committed using a gun last year. Since Florida passed a right to carry law in 1987, the murder rate has declined by 36%, while the US rate has declined by 21%. A study showed that 40% of prison inmates decided not to commit a crime because they knew or believed that the victim had a firearm.
And to finish it off, here are four facts to remember about gun-control.
1. Violent crime in the US, including gun related, has dropped significantly in the last 20 years.
2. Mass shootings have not increased in recent years. And remember, the greatest massacre in US history came at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists on Sept. 11. That never would have happened if it weren’t for them Bible and gun clinging Wright brothers!
3. There are more guns in circulation than ever before. Refer back to point one. Coincidence? I think not.
4. Assault weapons bans and handgun and any gun bans are ineffective. Just look at the UK, Australia, Chicago, California, D.C. tough gun laws don’t equal less violent crime.
The most important thing that we need to do in the debate over control is remain cool tempered and level-headed. Yes, Newtown and Aurora were terrible things that never should have occurred, but we cannot let emotions control the debate. Emotional and rash decisions rarely end well.