Banning Handguns Produced More Gun Crime in Britain

by Dave Blount | December 17, 2012 2:20 pm

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Following the horrific massacre in Newtown, all liberals can agree that we need still more stringent gun control — something along the lines of what they have in hyper-statist Britain. Let’s see[4] what effect once great Britain’s draconian authoritarianism has had. Here’s a report from 2009:

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.

Tony Blair and his gang of Labour leftists used the Dunblane Massacre[5] as a pretext to inflict the Nazi-esque Firearms Acts[6] in 1997. They banned private ownership of all handguns.

Lancashire suffered the single largest rise in gun crime, with recorded offences increasing from 50 in 1998/99 to 349 in 2007/08, an increase of 598 per cent. …

The number of people injured or killed by guns, excluding air weapons, has increased from 864 in 1998/99 to a provisional figure of 1,760 in 2008/09, an increase of 104 per cent.

If you find this even remotely surprising, please read John Lott’s More Guns Less Crime[7].

Is there any reason for us to repeat Britain’s foolish mistakes?

On a tip from Ghost of FA Hayek. Cross-posted at Moonbattery[8].

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  4. Let’s see: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1223193/Culture-violence-Gun-crime-goes-89-decade.html
  5. Dunblane Massacre: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunblane_Massacre
  6. Firearms Acts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearms_%28Amendment%29_%28No._2%29_Act_1997
  7. More Guns Less Crime: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003S9W5HQ/ref=nosim/?tag=johnrlotttrip-20
  8. Moonbattery: http://moonbattery.com

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