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  •  United Kingdom Confiscation, DURING MY LIFETIME... (3+ / 0-)
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    In 1987, Michael Ryan went on a shooting spree in his small town of Hungerford, England, killing 16 people (including his mother) and wounding another 14 before shooting himself. Since the public was unarmed—as were the police—Ryan wandered the streets for eight hours with two semiautomatic rifles and a handgun before anyone with a firearm was able to come to the rescue.

    Nine years later, in March 1996, Thomas Hamilton, a man known to be mentally unstable, walked into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot 16 young children and their teacher. He wounded 10 other children and three other teachers before taking his own life.

    Dunblane had a more dramatic impact. Hamilton had a firearm certificate, although according to the rules he should not have been granted one. A media frenzy coupled with an emotional campaign by parents of Dunblane resulted in the Firearms Act of 1998, which instituted a nearly complete ban on handguns. Owners of pistols were required to turn them in. The penalty for illegal possession of a pistol is up to 10 years in prison.
    So rather than fix the fuckup that led to hamilton having something he was prohibited from having, just take them away from everyone.

    That's EXACTLY the same thought pattern we gun owners have seen in the aftermath of the virginia tech event. Rather than fix the legislative fuckup that led to Cho having something that he should not have had, just take rifles away from everyone. That right there is grounds for a whole lot of distrust in whatever the anti-gun crowd says.

    And that "Just make them all illegal" type of thinking in the aftermath of the newtown event, rather than deal with the fucked up system that left lanza stewing in fantasy land, continues to inspire me with a level of automatic distrust for those from the anti-gun crowd.

    Meanwhile, in the gun-confiscated united kingdom, knife crime has shot past the roof and beyond the clouds to the point where their police have carte blanche for their own "Stop and frisk" in search of knives.... And knife crime is bad enough to the point that there isn't all that much complaining about that "Stop and frisk".

    Yeah, great trade there. Trade a few gun crimes for a lot of knife crimes. Hello to the invention of the glasgow smile.

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