reply to post by KingIcarus
So? Less people get shot with handguns now. We haven't had a school shooting either.
It does still happen, of course, but when it does it's news because it's rare.
Suits us just fine.
but what are the other stats of crime,
Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.The latest Government figures show that
the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year - a rise of 89 per cent.In some
parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled.The statistic will
fuel fears that the police are struggling to contain gang-related violence, in which the carrying of a firearm has become increasingly common
Actually, if the Australian Bureau of Criminology can be believed, Americans would be insane to concern themselves with what non-Americans think about
American gun rights.In 2002 — five years after enacting its gun ban — the Australian Bureau of Criminology acknowledged there is no correlation
between gun control and the use of firearms in violent crime. In fact, the percent of murders committed with a firearm was the highest it had ever
been in 2006 (16.3 percent), says the D.C. Examiner.Even Australia’s Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research acknowledges that the gun ban had no
significant impact on the amount of gun-involved crime:In 2006, assault rose 49.2 percent and robbery 6.2 percent.Sexual assault — Australia’s
equivalent term for rape — increased 29.9 percent.Overall, Australia’s violent crime rate rose 42.2 percent.Moreover, Australia and the United
States — where no gun-ban exists — both experienced similar decreases in murder rates:Between 1995 and 2007, Australia saw a 31.9 percent
decrease; without a gun ban, America’s rate dropped 31.7 percent.
During the same time period, all other violent crime indices increased in Australia: assault rose 49.2 percent and robbery 6.2 percent.Sexual assault
— Australia’s equivalent term for rape — increased 29.9 percent.
Overall, Australia’s violent crime rate rose 42.2 percent.At the same time, U.S. violent crime decreased 31.8 percent: rape dropped 19.2 percent;
robbery decreased 33.2 percent; aggravated assault dropped 32.2 percent.
Australian women are now raped over three times as often as American women.
After the 1997 shooting of 16 kids in Dunblane, England, the United Kingdom passed one of the strictest gun-control laws in the world, banning its
citizens from owning almost all types of handguns. Britain seemed to get safer by the minute, as 162,000 newly-illegal firearms were forked over to
British officials by law-abiding citizens.
But this didn't decrease the amount of gun-related crime in the U.K. In fact, gun-related crime has nearly doubled in the U.K. since the ban was
enacted. Might stricter gun laws result in more gun crime? It seems counterintuitive but makes sense if we consider one simple fact: Criminals don't
obey the law. Strict gun laws, like the ban in Britain, probably only affect the actions of people who wouldn't commit crimes in the first place.
England's ban didn't magically cause all British handguns to disappear. Officials estimate that more than 250,000 illegal weapons are still in
circulation in the country. Without the fear of retaliation from victims who might be packing heat, criminals in possession of these weapons now have
a much easier job, and the incidence of gun-related crime has risen. As the saying goes, "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."
ill take my chances with guns being legal ^^ since you know in both countries violent crimes rose R O F L