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Home Office figures show that there are 22,476 licensed shotguns in Cumbria with 9,868 shotgun certificates in force on 31 March this year. In the last year 370 new certificates were granted and only two applications refused by the Cumbria police.
Originally posted by CRB86
Interesting that you should link to that video. I have seen it before, and it's a piece so of out-of-context that it'd make Fox News blush.
Originally posted by Mindsmog
typical american , give everyone guns!! yeah thats why the UK has like 3 shootings in the last 14 years , how many has US of A had in the last 14 years??? remind me please? oh yeah thats right too many to count...nothing wrong with gun toting america at all right...lol
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
It has been explained already, several times, with FACTS that most crimes in the U.S. occur in states where there is either gun bans, or heavy restrictions on firearms just like in the U.K...
It has also been shown that crimes in the U.K. surpases crimes of the U.S.
There are 2034 crimes per 100.000 people in the U.K. meanwhile in the U.S. there are 466 crimes per 100,000 people...and that comes from British sources...
It is also another known FACT that since the gun ban in the U.K. GUN crimes have INCREASED.... but please keep telling us about facts....
[edit on 2-6-2010 by ElectricUniverse]
Many of Bird's victims were shot in the face, in several cases after he had pulled up his car and beckoned people over to him.
The victims included an elderly woman who was walking home with her morning shopping, a cyclist, and a farmer who was shot “at point blank range” while trimming hedges by the side of the road.
British newspapers reported that Bird, who was divorced with two adult sons and recently became a grandfather, began his spree by shooting his twin brother David and a local solicitor, Kevin Commons.
Bird's 90-year-old mother Mary is seriously ill and a row over her will was being touted as the potential trigger for the rampage by the taxi driver, who was described as a quiet and popular man.
Bird was also believed to have argued with fellow taxi drivers on Tuesday night before arriving the next morning at the taxi rank in Duke Street, the main street of the sleepy seaside town of Whitehaven, armed with a shotgun and a .22 rifle.
A caller in to the Ian Collins Talk-Sport show, a man I think from Seascale, who knew the taxi-driver, just 5-minutes ago on the show claimed Mr Bird, before the shootings started, turned up at a local hospital and requested to be seen or taken in, stating that he was 'mentally ill'. He was refused.