Monday, September 10, 2007

Do Gun Control Laws Really Work? Nope, Just Ask the Brits

To truly understand the impact of Gun Control, you need to look no further than two of America's East Coast cities, NY and Washington, and the UK. And to help put the results of the UK's gun control into perspective, read this article:

Wouldn’t you feel safer with a gun?
British attitudes are supercilious and misguided

Despite the recent spate of shootings on our streets, we pride ourselves on our strict gun laws. Every time an American gunman goes on a killing spree, we shake our heads in righteous disbelief at our poor benighted colonial cousins. Why is it, even after the Virginia Tech massacre, that Americans still resist calls for more gun controls?

The short answer is that “gun controls” do not work: they are indeed generally perverse in their effects.


America’s disenchantment with “gun control” is based on experience: whereas in the 1960s and 1970s armed crime rose in the face of more restrictive gun laws (in much of the US, it was illegal to possess a firearm away from the home or workplace), over the past 20 years all violent crime has dropped dramatically, in lockstep with the spread of laws allowing the carrying of concealed weapons by law-abiding citizens.


In Britain, however, the image of violent America remains unassailably entrenched. Never mind the findings of the International Crime Victims Survey (published by the Home Office in 2003), indicating that we now suffer three times the level of violent crime committed in the United States; never mind the doubling of handgun crime in Britain over the past decade, since we banned pistols outright and confiscated all the legal ones.

An honest reporting on the effects of gun control and the right to carry concealed weapons is needed before more draconian gun control laws are enacted. But a true honest reporting will not be found by the American MSM, because it does not fit their agenda of disarming America.

Facts don't lie, but people do, and the author of the article, Richard Munday, points out the facts, but the British Gov't and the America anti-Gunners lie about the facts to deceive the public.

It boils down to that the Gov't is disarming honest citizens which needs guns for protection and enabling criminals to use guns, who don't care about breaking gun laws in the first place. With guns, the public has the ability to protect itself from criminals, and more importantly, a tyrannical Gov't, and without them, we are just lambs waiting to be slaughtered.

I like the way the author states this:
Gun controls disarm only the law-abiding, and leave predators with a freer hand. Nearly two and a half million people now fall victim to crimes of violence in Britain every year, more than four every minute: crimes that may devastate lives. It is perhaps a privilege of those who have never had to confront violence to disparage the power to resist.

Mr Minority