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NEWS: Replica Guns To Be Banned?

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posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 10:42 AM
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I would say it is relevant. The conversation has turned to banning guns and that lowering crime. Yes, it (may) have lowerd gun crime (I've seen 3 totally different sets of numbers in my searches, not sure which is accurate), but was replaced with knife crime. Personally, I would rather be shot in the head than stabbed 284 times before I die.




posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 10:44 AM
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No Sporty its ratios

Only when dealing with countries of equel popilation.
Percents are used to do stats because they compensate for population differences. Using numbers of gun crimes alone and coming up with ratios without compensating for the population is wrong.

the ratios he provided are wrong

Anyways, what's wrong with percents.....



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 11:16 AM
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I voted you a "yes". If people would bother to check and read the topic he posted:
politics.abovetopsecret.com...
I've clearly displayed in that, that Britain has an increasing gun problem not decreasing. Over the last 8 years, gun crime has gone up six times, stayed the same once and gone up once. But go see the statistics for yourself. You're more likely to be shot or stabbed in the U.K. then you are in America, it is a fact that the labour government do not like to admit.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 11:46 AM
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Originally posted by Odium
You're more likely to be shot or stabbed in the U.K. then you are in America, it is a fact that the labour government do not like to admit.


Well now you're just being dishonest.

According to the FBI statistics, there were 9,638 murders by firearms in the US in 2003. link
According to the UK homeoffice, there were only 79 murders by firearms in England and Wales in 2003. link

There were 1,816 people killed with knives in the US in 2003. link
There were 237 people killed with knives/sharp insruments in the UK in 2003/2004 link

I'll see if I can find assault statistics to go along with that.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 11:53 AM
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Also just another note, Im sure this applies to the UK as it does to the states....maybe. Gun crime and kinife crimes that end in a death have actually gone down over the past few years. But you must also look at the violent crimes and attempt involving guns and knives...they have gone up. This is due to advancments in medicine and medical practice and technology that keep people alive after they have been shot or stabbed.

If it were not for the medicine and technology, the death rate would be higher.

[edit on 9/6/2005 by SportyMB]



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 12:28 PM
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As can clearly be seen from the basic statistics, a ban on weapons has given us a death toll from firearms 58% less than the in the USA. Its incontrovertible.


Can you place a percentage on your freedoms?

How are you going to defend your freedoms? Banning knives, look alike guns what next Squit guns because you could put someones eye out. Maybe some day the british governmnet will tax you per mile that you drive. ooops!!!!

I feel for you guys. Are you guys going to draw a line in the sand or are you just going to take it like a good servant?

I just got a permit to carry a concealed firearm.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 12:31 PM
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(U.S) 0.010412874903866727%
(U.K) 0.017653446044492274% of the population get shot to death.

Which shows you're more likely to get shot to death in the U.K. then in the U.S.A. You need to move away from the number of dead to the percentage of dead. As I said, government statistics are made to look good and always will be.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 12:32 PM
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Originally posted by SportyMB
Also just another note, Im sure this applies to the UK as it does to the states....maybe. Gun crime and kinife crimes that end in a death have actually gone down over the past few years.
[edit on 9/6/2005 by SportyMB]


Nope, they're gone up 6 times since the 1997/1998 statistics.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 12:47 PM
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Originally posted by Odium
(U.S) 0.010412874903866727%
(U.K) 0.017653446044492274% of the population get shot to death.

Which shows you're more likely to get shot to death in the U.K. then in the U.S.A. You need to move away from the number of dead to the percentage of dead. As I said, government statistics are made to look good and always will be.


You are very bad at math Odium.

There are 293 million people in the US and they had 9,638 murders by firearms.
There are 60 million people in the United Kingdom and yet they had 79 murders by firearms.

The US has 4.8 times the population of the UK. (293/60)
The US has 122 times the number of murders with firearms. (9,638/79)

How do you figure that a person in the UK has a greater risk of being shot to death?



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 01:28 PM
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I can't really see how crimes involving real guns has gone down just because of the ban on handguns, considering that registered legal firearms have hardly ever been used in crimes.
The Dunblane incident sparked off the handgun ban, registered firearms do not generally
pose much of a problem.

There should be very strict penalties for carrying replica handguns in public and/or using them in an incident. Banning them is not a real answer.

Violent crime has gone up becasue ordinary people are having their abilities to defend themselves stripped away. Any weapon is relatively easy to get hold of unless your someone who walks around with their eyes, ears and mind shut.

At the end of the day:

It has ALWAYS been illegal to criminally hurt or kill people. If someone is willing to overlook this 'minor' detail then are they really going to actually care if owning or carrying a gun/knife/weapon is also illegal?


The problem is that people are scared to admit the blindingly obvious -
There are bad people out there, and they do not care about ANYTHING. They will hurt you and they will find a way and they don't care how.

The solution - though not perfect by any means - is to allow people to defend themselves! The only people that suffer from all these crazy laws are decent law abiding citizens who are too scared to break the law and curl up into a little ball and do nothing.. Too scared of being prosecuted to even save their own life. And even if they did try and do something, they have nothing to defend themselves with, while the assailant has a gun/knife/CS Gas/Baton/Taser/etc.

CRIMINALS don't care about the law... keep making them because it's just another one for them to break.. WAKE UP and try and grasp this simple fact - until people just start accepting the SCARY truth about the whole thing (that there are people out there that really, really don't care), the sooner we can move forward and start doing something to REALLY solve this problem.

With regards to this specific situation, it is going totally over the top, they should have had stricter controls in the first place and controlled it more, but they could still do that now. The real people that suffer will be the people that collect these items.
All that it will accomplish is that they will become a more exotic and sought after item, fetching more money on the black market and becoming more comparable with a real firearm. Petty crime, robberies, etc will go up to fund it.
Criminals will still acquire them, commiting worse crimes to get the money to buy them. Though as they will be more expensive, they'll probably go the whole hog and get a proper gun instead.

The only people that will not be purchasing them anymore will be collectors.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 01:33 PM
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I assume then, by what the pro-gun control in England folks are saying is that I am a gun freak. I am not going to get into percentages. I don't have the patience for it. I am simply wondering, bottom line, why such a wonderful group of people (the English) are so willing, as a group, to simply roll over and let anyone run their lives.

I don't have a real problem with you surrendering. It is, after all, your life. I just am wondering where it stops for you. No one in here seems to take individual freedom or individual responsibility for actions or crimes committed into account. Just put everyone in the same light. No one in England has sense or personal recognizance, to be responsible for their actions. So, the solution is to simply assume that everyone is stupid and a criminal oriented individual, and take away their rights so that the sickly/criminal progeny may live and devise other methods to kill with.

Sorry... I still see it as "a", if not, "the" beginning of the end for the Brits as a freedom loving peoples. Mayhap Orwell was right...



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 01:37 PM
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Originally posted by sigung86
I assume then, by what the pro-gun control in England folks are saying is that I am a gun freak. I am not going to get into percentages. I don't have the patience for it. I am simply wondering, bottom line, why such a wonderful group of people (the English) are so willing, as a group, to simply roll over and let anyone run their lives.

I don't have a real problem with you surrendering. It is, after all, your life. I just am wondering where it stops for you. No one in here seems to take individual freedom or individual responsibility for actions or crimes committed into account. Just put everyone in the same light. No one in England has sense or personal recognizance, to be responsible for their actions. So, the solution is to simply assume that everyone is stupid and a criminal oriented individual, and take away their rights so that the sickly/criminal progeny may live and devise other methods to kill with.

Sorry... I still see it as "a", if not, "the" beginning of the end for the Brits as a freedom loving peoples. Mayhap Orwell was right...


I'm glad someone else can see it.. I, sadly, am English and I am ashamed of the way this country is going.. They seem to be bringing up bill after bill designed to destroy Freedom of speech, responsability for one's actions, rights to owning items.. etc etc as you say..

Instead of making people face up to their actions they are taking away the rights of good people and making an enviroment where the evil and criminal can grow and take control. The problem is everyone has become too dumbed down to see it.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 01:44 PM
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Population Trends 103. Office for National Statistics. London, Spring 2001
Population: 52,689,900 - 7million less then what you give. I doubt the population has gone up that much.

United Nations (1998), United Nations International Study of Firearms Regulation. UN: New York.

The statistics for firearms deaths in England and Wales (although I did say U.K.) do not include shotguns or rifles; to help keep the numbers down. They only include illegal firearms not legal ones.

London’s Evening Standard reported that armed crime, with banned handguns the weapon of choice, was "rocketing." In the two years following the 1997 handgun ban, the use of handguns in crime rose by 40 percent, and the upward trend has continued. From April to November 2001, the number of people robbed at gunpoint in London rose 53 percent.

Your chances of being mugged in London are now six times greater than in New York. England’s rates of assault, robbery, and burglary are far higher than America’s, and 53 percent of English burglaries occur while occupants are at home, compared with 13 percent in the U.S., where burglars admit to fearing armed homeowners more than the police.

In a United Nations study of crime in 18 developed nations published in July, England and Wales led the Western world’s crime league, with nearly 55 crimes per 100 people.

The murder rates of the U.S. and U.K. are also affected by differences in the way each counts homicides. The FBI asks police to list every homicide as murder, even if the case isn’t subsequently prosecuted or proceeds on a lesser charge, making the U.S. numbers as high as possible. By contrast, the English police "massage down" the homicide statistics, tracking each case through the courts and removing it if it is reduced to a lesser charge or determined to be an accident or self-defense, making the English numbers as low as possible.

In 1981 the American rate was 8.7 times the English rate, in 1995 it was 5.7 times the English rate, and the latest study puts it at 3.5 times. (2002) If this trend continues we'll out rank America in every type of crime by 2010.

Guns and Violence: The English Experience by Joyce Lee Malcolm

Jan Berry, chairman of the Police Federation, called for more and better trained armed police to counter gun crime.

She said: "We urgently need more trained armed police officers throughout England and Wales to tackle the growing menace of gun crime, otherwise lives will increasingly be put at risk."

If the Police Federation think there is a problem, I tend to agree...



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 01:51 PM
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It's exactly what the government are trying to do with the this latest ban of replicas, trying to mask the facts and look like their tackling the problem whn really they are too scared to admit that the real problem was banning legitimate firearms in the first place and taking away peoples rights to defend themselves.

To go back now would be to admit that they made a mistake, and then they would lose the little faith that people have in them.
That's assuming they are not too blind to see the obvious.
They've made the problem worse and it's going to carry on getting worse.

I repeat:

Criminals don't care about the law, any law. If they don't care about killing or injuring you, they definately don't care about a minor offence like possessing a banned weapon. Criminals make a habit of breaking laws, it's why they are criminals.

Laws only govern law abiding citizens at the end of the day.

It's SO obvious I can't believe that the majority of people miss this simple yet crucial, fundamental fact. Or maybe they are too scared to.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 02:16 PM
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All firearms are designed for one perpose only...to kill

There is absolutely no reason for any person in the UK (or for that matter anywhere else) to legally own a firearm. It is not a case of rolling over, the british fully support all gun control because we have no wish to own a gun.

The simple point of it is to make it harder to someone to obtain a firearm which it does if you remove the legal avenue and very few people would have the slightest idea where to get a blackmarket firearm.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 02:26 PM
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Originally posted by arnold_vosloo
All firearms are designed for one perpose only...to kill

There is absolutely no reason for any person in the UK (or for that matter anywhere else) to legally own a firearm. It is not a case of rolling over, the british fully support all gun control because we have no wish to own a gun.

The simple point of it is to make it harder to someone to obtain a firearm which it does if you remove the legal avenue and very few people would have the slightest idea where to get a blackmarket firearm.


If you would bother to read any of this a lot of British people do not support it, I would like you to display such "full" support?

Full
Containing all that is normal or possible: a full pail.
Complete in every particular: a full account.
Baseball.
Amounting to three balls and two strikes. Used of a count.
Having a base runner at first, second, and third base: The bases were full when the slugger stepped up to bat.

Of maximum or highest degree: at full speed.
Being at the peak of development or maturity: in full bloom.
Having a great deal or many: a book full of errors.
Totally qualified, accepted, or empowered: a full member of the club.

Rounded in shape; plump: a full figure.
Having or made with a generous amount of fabric: full draperies.

Having an appetite completely satisfied, especially for food or drink: was full after the Thanksgiving dinner.
Providing an abundance, especially of food.
Having depth and body; rich: a full aroma; full tones.
Completely absorbed or preoccupied: “He was already pretty full of himself” (Ron Rosenbaum).
Possessing both parents in common: full brothers; full sisters.

adv.
To a complete extent; entirely: knowing full well.
Exactly; directly: full in the path of the moon.

v. fulled, full·ing, fulls
v. tr.
To make (a garment) full, as by pleating or gathering.

v. intr.
To become full. Used of the moon.

n.
The maximum or complete size or amount: repaid in full.
The highest degree or state: living life to the full.
__

Doesn't look like full support to me.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 02:28 PM
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Originally posted by Odium
Population Trends 103. Office for National Statistics. London, Spring 2001
Population: 52,689,900 - 7million less then what you give. I doubt the population has gone up that much.

United Nations (1998), United Nations International Study of Firearms Regulation. UN: New York.

The statistics for firearms deaths in England and Wales (although I did say U.K.) do not include shotguns or rifles; to help keep the numbers down. They only include illegal firearms not legal ones. ...

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The murder rates of the U.S. and U.K. are also affected by differences in the way each counts homicides. The FBI asks police to list every homicide as murder, even if the case isn’t subsequently prosecuted or proceeds on a lesser charge, making the U.S. numbers as high as possible. By contrast, the English police "massage down" the homicide statistics, tracking each case through the courts and removing it if it is reduced to a lesser charge or determined to be an accident or self-defense, making the English numbers as low as possible.


OK, the population figure I gave was for the entire UK. link
Perhaps the ones you have are for England and Wales (excluding Scotland and Northern Ireland). That's fine as that's what the statistics cover.

I would appreciate links to your information that you are presenting to me about not including shotguns or rifles and not including legal weapons because I believe you are mistaken.

The PDF I linked to earlier even had a breakdown on the types of weapons used.

Long-barrelled shotgun 7
Sawn-off shotgun 4
Handgun 35
Rifle 0
Imitation firearm 1
Unidentified firearm 20
Other firearm 1

homeoffice.gov.uk

I think you are also mistaken about the way that they count homicides.
The figures I gave earlier (perhaps in another thread) included Murder, manslaughter and infanticide. On the numbers of persons murdered in the US by firearms, I actually left out a category that was counted seperatley, called Justifiable Homicides. That adds an additional 363 killings by firearms to my additional figure. link


[edit on 9-6-2005 by AceOfBase]



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 02:39 PM
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Originally posted by Odium

Originally posted by arnold_vosloo
All firearms are designed for one perpose only...to kill

There is absolutely no reason for any person in the UK (or for that matter anywhere else) to legally own a firearm. It is not a case of rolling over, the british fully support all gun control because we have no wish to own a gun.

The simple point of it is to make it harder to someone to obtain a firearm which it does if you remove the legal avenue and very few people would have the slightest idea where to get a blackmarket firearm.


If you would bother to read any of this a lot of British people do not support it, I would like you to display such "full" support?

Full
Containing all that is normal or possible: a full pail.
Complete in every particular: a full account.
Baseball.
Amounting to three balls and two strikes. Used of a count.
Having a base runner at first, second, and third base: The bases were full when the slugger stepped up to bat.

Of maximum or highest degree: at full speed.
Being at the peak of development or maturity: in full bloom.
Having a great deal or many: a book full of errors.
Totally qualified, accepted, or empowered: a full member of the club.

Rounded in shape; plump: a full figure.
Having or made with a generous amount of fabric: full draperies.

Having an appetite completely satisfied, especially for food or drink: was full after the Thanksgiving dinner.
Providing an abundance, especially of food.
Having depth and body; rich: a full aroma; full tones.
Completely absorbed or preoccupied: “He was already pretty full of himself” (Ron Rosenbaum).
Possessing both parents in common: full brothers; full sisters.

adv.
To a complete extent; entirely: knowing full well.
Exactly; directly: full in the path of the moon.

v. fulled, full·ing, fulls
v. tr.
To make (a garment) full, as by pleating or gathering.

v. intr.
To become full. Used of the moon.

n.
The maximum or complete size or amount: repaid in full.
The highest degree or state: living life to the full.
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Doesn't look like full support to me.


Please could you give me one legitimate reason for a brit to own a gun?



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 02:44 PM
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Aceofbass is totaly correct.

80 odd firearm deaths is brilliantly low, proves the ban works. I still want to see statistics for non lethal firearm injuries in the US, I still believe it will be a massive amount. In the uK, it will be tiny.

The UK has roughly one fifth the population of the US.

79 murders is by far less than one fifth of 9,638.

Do the math.

The ban is an excellent idea and has proved itself to be very successful.



posted on Jun, 9 2005 @ 03:34 PM
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Originally posted by Kriz_4
I still want to see statistics for non lethal firearm injuries in the US, I still believe it will be a massive amount. In the uK, it will be tiny.


Here are the numbers I've found so far:

UK:
Homicide: 68
Attempted murder and other acts: 1,350
Other violence against the person: 6,434
Robbery: 4,117
Burglary: 533
homeoffice.gov.uk

Those numbers sound really high but here are the US numbers:

US (2003)
Murders with firearms: 11,041
Robberies with firearms: 172,802
Aggravated assaults firearms: 163,863
usdoj.gov



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