It seems that the Brits, in that land of gun control utopia, have decided that their gun laws just aren’t quite up to snuff.
Gun legislation ‘faces overhaul’
The UK’s gun laws are to be radically overhauled under proposals announced by the Home Office.
It has launched a comprehensive review of legislation in a consultation paper.
A total of £2m worth of criminals’ recovered assets will be spent on helping communities tackle gun crime and gun culture.
“Let’s see… We’ve made all semi-automatic long guns illegal, we’ve made all handguns illegal, we require draconian measures for subjects to legally possess what little is left over, we’ve managed to reduce the total number of people holding firearm certificates each and every year for the last decade at least. But it hasn’t reduced firearm involved crime at all? In fact, firearm involved crime has only gone up?
“What shall we do now, in the face of this apparent failure of policy?
“I know! Let’s do it some more, ONLY HARDER!“
And I see they’re using asset forfeiture over there as well. I wonder if the English at least need a conviction first?
However, the government has ruled out a wholesale ban on imitation firearms, saying it was too difficult to find a legal definition for replicas.
Home Office figures showed that firearm offences in England and Wales have risen from 13,874 in 1998-99 to 24,070 in 2002-03.
And what kind of levels were they at in the 1950’s when this crap really got started?
The number of recorded crimes involving imitation weapons has tripled from 566 to 1,815 during that period.
Leaving, let’s see… carry the one… 22,255 recorded firearm offenses that didn’t involve imitation weapons, more than 92%!
And bear in mind, the problem with the Brocock guns that got them banned was that they were converted to fire live ammo – making them REAL firearms, just like a zipgun is a REAL firearm.
The consultation paper, published on Wednesday, said: “It has proved difficult to find a workable legal definition of an imitation firearm and we do not believe that the level of effort required by agencies to administer additional restrictions is offset by public safety gains.”
It would seem apparent that the “level of effort required” to collect and destroy all the legally registered semi-auto rifles and shotguns in 1988, and all the legally registered handguns in 1996 was not offset by “public safety gains” now wouldn’t it?
Home Office minister Caroline Flint said: “I can’t envisage a wholesale ban on imitation and replica firearms”.
Well, Minister, I’d say that in your job that indicates a failure of imagination not shared by many of your peers.
She added that the UK’s complex firearms legislation needed to be re-examined.
“We need to prevent guns getting into the wrong hands while allowing legitimate shooters to pursue their sport without danger to public safety”.
That’s refreshing to hear! At least a decade too late, though, don’t you think?
A further £250,000 would be given to small community organisations tackling gun crime, “which blights too many of our neighbourhoods”, Ms Flint said.
There was “a huge will across the country to make our streets safer”, she added.
“The active engagement of communities is vital to tackle gun crime.”
Kind of a shock to find that stripping the legal gun owners didn’t just clear the problem right up, eh?
A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), also published on Wednesday, calls for greater national co-ordination between police forces to prevent gun crime.
Assistant Inspector of Constabulary Tim Hollis said: “There is statistical evidence that firearms incidents are increasing, and we should not be complacent.”
The report praises police officers skill and professionalism in resolving firearms incidents.
I’m not going to be too harsh on them. Cops are in a bad spot when it comes to defending themselves against possibly armed opponents. They are introduced into situations where they don’t know what exactly is going on or who the bad guy might be. But this is not the situation for most armed citizens. When faced with a threat, it’s pretty damned apparent who the bad guys are.
But Mr Hollis added: “We do not believe that the police should be routinely armed.
“Of greater importance is the level of experience, training and knowledge of police officers and recognition of the fact that the deployment of armed officers is only a partial – albeit important – part of the solution.”
Mr Hollis added: “We were encouraged to find that at the local level a number of forces had developed positive initiatives to combat gun crime.”
Ms Flint said the HMIC report was “timely and helpful”.
“Specialist teams such as Operation Trident have shown that expertise gets results, not just in bringing criminals to justice but in challenging gun culture and actually preventing violence in the first place,” she added.
Yet firearm involved crime continues to rise, requiring a “radical overhaul” of existing gun laws, right?
The philosophy CANNOT BE WRONG! Do it again. Only harder.