The consequences of Gun Control on display in Great Britain

Gun control nuts in the UK have succeeded in turning law abiding citizens defending themselves within the confines of their own homes into criminals.  In the UK, if you keep a baseball bat by the bed (since the pansy government there has confiscated most handguns unless they are registered for sport usage) to defend yourself against the ever increasing numbers  of carousing burglars and rapists, you could be charged with premeditation for using it.  That’s right, if you plan to defend yourself from burglars in England, and then proceed to do so, that planning can land you in jail.

“And although many people tell me they sleep with a baseball bat beside their bed for just such an occasion, a court can view that as an element of premeditation. If the burglar is hurt, it could be you who ends up in the dock.”

This quote is from an interview in the Telegraph of reformed burglar turned security professional Michael Fraser, who recommends keeping the burglars out instead of trying to defend yourself.  He has a point.  A couple in Leicestershire learned the hard way that defending yourself isn’t rewarded by the courts.

The case of Tracey and Andy Ferrie has added to concern. The Leicestershire couple were recently arrested after two men broke in and found themselves on the wrong end of Mr Ferrie’s (legal) shotgun. They were released after 66 hours in custody, and exonerated in court. But since then, they are reported to have left Britain to start afresh in Australia, not least because of possible reprisals.

Essentially, this is what liberals are hoping to achieve here in the U.S.  By starting with a ban on assault weapons (which is a total misnomer) and progressing toward bans on semi automatic handguns.  Since banning guns over a year ago, crime is up in England:

Burglaries are up from 651,000 in 2009/10 to 701,000 in 2011/12. Now the Metropolitan Police has launched an Autumn Nights awareness campaign, alerting people to the increased risk of burglary in the run-up to Christmas.

Chuck Woolery has an effective take down on the liberal gun control meme here.  (Watch and share)

Even though empirical evidence proves that gun bans, and gun free zones encourage criminal behaviors; liberal nut job Diane Feinstein has proposed exactly that.  Of course that applies to the unwashed masses.  She is perfectly content to own firearms and have armed security to protect her.

Let’s keep it real here folks.  We need the 2nd Amendment to defend ourselves against criminals, AND against tyranny.  Banning law abiding citizens from firearm ownership is nonsensical and simply encourages more crime.

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    wespj 2 January, 2013 at 13:05 Reply

    Yes, burglaries went up in the UK last year. But that doesn’t mean the UK’s gun control laws were the reason. Consider that the last major revision to the gun laws in the UK was back in 1997! You make it sound like gun laws were recently enacted and crime suddenly shot up right after. Even the Telegraph article you linked to cited the recession as the reason for the increased burglaries.

    The fact is that the US has between 9,000 and 12,000 gun deaths every year (depending on how you count and what statistics you use) and the UK has around 50.

    If it is true that gun control laws create more gun crime, then why isn’t the gun homicide rate in the UK much higher than it is in the US??

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    wespj 7 January, 2013 at 20:46 Reply


    You said I should go to the FBI website for my statistics. So I did. According to them the number of gun *murders* (excluding accidents, excluding cases of self-defense, excluding police shootings, et al) in 2011 was 8,583! Here’s the link:

    The closest thing to the FBI in the UK is the Home Office. According to their official website the number of gun *murders* there was 39!

    Now, we have to account for the US having about 6 times more people than the UK. But still, the US has more than 200 times the gun murders! And if you look at every other developed country — every one! — the story is the essentially the same.

    So the question I have, which Stacy won’t (and I say, can’t) answer, is: Why, if more guns in the hands of ordinary people is supposed to reduce gun murders, is the gun murder rate in the U.S. so astronomically high??

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