posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 09:51 AM
Paging, Piers Morgan: Gun Violence Explodes In
Paging Piers Morgan... Piers Morgan to the white courtesy phone....
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 place.
Last week, police in London revealed they had begun carrying out armed patrols on some streets.
The move means officers armed with sub-machine guns are engaged in routine policing for the first time.
Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Grayling, said last night: 'In areas dominated by gang culture, we're now seeing guns used to settle scores between
rivals as well as turf wars between rival drug dealers.
Piers Morgan can't stop talking about how England's extreme gun control laws make his case for what we should do in America, except, uhm... you know,
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I came across this article and thought I would post it as I have seen a lot of back and forth on this site between US Citizens and British
While the numbers listed are paltry when compared to the same in the US, the fact remains gun violence is on the rise in Britain - To the point of
Police Officers carrying them now.
The question - To those in Britain:
* - Does gun control work?
* - Is it common practice to rely on the government for protection from criminals (gang members / armed criminals)?
* - Do the numbers in the article sway your thoughts on your gun control laws?
* - If gun crimes continue to rise, would you be ok with relaxing gun control laws?
* - Would you guys please take Piers Morgan back (
ETA - Article is from Dec 2012 - still relevant though. When comprehensive crime stats are put together, its one year behind - IE crime stats for 2013
wont be available until 2014. I state this to ciear up possible confusion.
ETA - Mail - Origional source for Gun Control
The gun crime figures, which were obtained by the Tories from official Parliamentary answers, do not include air weapons.
Does anyone know if these statistics are accessible thru any Government entity? I know here in the states the FBI puts together the total numbers.
Office for National Statistics
edit on 20-11-2013 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)