I have constantly said that if you want to get a peek at what is in store for America, look across the ocean at Great Britain. In 1997, they dropped a ban on firearms that would make the Brady Campaign squeal like a girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

But what happened then?

Culture of violence: Gun crime goes up by 89% in a decade

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.

Then, knife crimes started increasing.  So they banned knives.

Yeah, they didn’t learn a thing from the gun ban, so guess what happened after knives were banninated?

As reported on UK National TV News Channels The Conservative Party have today released new details of fatal stabbing statistics based on information apparently obtained from the police in England and Wales under the Freedom of Information Act.

The new figures indicate that in the year 2007-8  there were some 277 deaths from stabbings in England & Wales alone (the highest recorded figure for 30 years). This represents an average death toll as a direct result of stabbings of over 5 for every week of the year!

In an immediate response, the government have challenged the figures which they state they believe to be misleading as the figures may not be confined to fatal stabbings with knives alone!

Obviously, if the newly released figures are correct, despite claims by the government to have been tough on knife crime during their lengthy period in office, it is estimated that knife crime has increased by around 38%? – a figure with which they also take issue.

Now how comprehensive is the ban on knives?  Well, we’re not just looking at katana blades and hand and a half swords (respect to my D&D brothers).

Here’s a look at the law:

Basic rules on knives

If you’re planning to buy or carry a knife, it’s important to know the rules. Anyone found breaking these laws can face up to four years in prison.

These include:

  • it is illegal for any shop to sell a knife of any kind (including cutlery and kitchen knives) to anyone under the age of 18
  • it is a crime to carry a knife in public without good reason – for example, if you work as a chef
  • the maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5000
  • it is illegal to carry, buy or sell any type of knife banned by the government (the list of banned knives is below)
  • knives with folding blades, like Swiss Army knives, are not illegal as long as the blade is three inches long (7.62 cms) or less
  • if any knife is used in a threatening way (even a legal knife, such as a Swiss Army knife), it is regarded as an ‘offensive weapon’ by the law
  • any sharp instrument – even a screwdriver – can be viewed by the police as an illegal offensive weapon if you do not have a good reason for carrying it

So what do we have here? A nationwide gun ban that results in an increase in gun crime, followed by a complete ban on anything from a pointed stick to a kyoketsu-shoge that results in an increase in sharp thingies crime.

Now try this on for size:

In the new edition of More Guns, Less Crime, economist John R. Lott, Jr., easily dispels any lingering doubt that allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns is strongly associated with—if not a direct cause for—lowering the rates of violent crime.

“There are large drops in overall violent crime, murder, rape, and aggravated assault that begin right after the right-to-carry laws have gone into effect,” Lott writes. “In all those crime categories, the crime rates consistently stay much lower than they were before the law.”

From the time states passed right-to-carry concealed handgun laws, the average murder rate dropped from 6.3 per 100,000 to 5.2 per 100,000 nine-to-ten years later—“about a 1.7% drop in the murder rate per year for ten years.”

Overall violent crime rates similarly dropped from 475 crimes per 100,000 people to a range of 415-440 after the second full year that concealed-carry laws were passed. Rapes dropped from 40.2 per 100,000 people to 35.7 per 100,000 nine to 10 years later (a 12% drop).

“Of all the methods studied so far by economists, the carrying of concealed handguns appears to be the most cost-effective method for reducing crime,” Lott wrote in the second edition of his book.

Isn’t it clear that when you disarm the individual, you create a nation of victims for a subculture of criminals to exploit, but an armed citizen is a safer citizen?

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