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* The Home Office says that the increases are partly due to changes in the way crimes are recorded and much of the increase can be put down to a huge jump in offences involving imitation weapons.
* Imitation weapons were used in 3,332 offences in 2004/05, an increase of more than half (55%) from 2003/04. Although some of these weapons can be converted to fire bullets, it is unknown how many such weapons exist.
* Ball-bearing (BB) guns are easy to purchase and often look like real weapons.
* Also, gun crime tends to be focused in certain areas. Over half (54%) of gun crime occurred in London, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.
And gun crimes still account for a very low proportion of both crime generally and violent crime in particular.
* The British Crime Survey (BCS) estimated that there were 2.4 million violent incidents against adults in England and Wales in 2004/05.
* The BCS also estimates the total number of crimes to be about 11.7 million.
* So, gun crime amounts to less than 0.5% of violent crime and less than 0.01% of total crime.
Originally posted by electronQMI'd also like to point out that if you ban guns, not only will most gun owners be criminals, all gun owners, by definition, will be criminals.