Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Oh yes, let us follow England

Right down the drain.
Gun and knife killings are getting out of control as six Londoners were murdered over the past week and one child is stabbed to death each week, anti-crime campaigners warned.

Local communities were being blighted by run-away violence as gang members who believe they are "untouchable" carry guns and weapons as a matter of routine to carry out crimes and to settle scores.

Let's see, handguns banned, rifles & shotguns regulated to an extreme, you can lose your firearms certificate for as little as the local chief cop deciding to cut down on the number of certificates in his area... Pretty close to what the GFWs want here. Doesn't seem to work well, does it?

At least not for crime control. To control the honest people, lot more successful.

He added although government figures show a small reduction in gun related crime, it is under reported and has to be viewed against "unprecedented" high levels of knife and gun crime over the last five years.

Although the Trust welcomed the fact the majority of murders leads to an arrest and conviction, prevention is a better cure it said.

Mr Brennan said: "There are currently 270 recorded firearm related offences committed on the streets of Britain every week."

Britain is an island, and relatively small. If they can't keep the bad guys from getting arms there, just how the hell do the politicians expect to do so here? Oh, that's right, they'll just pass one more law, and everything will be puppies and kittens and everyone will be singing Imagine in the streets.

Of course, in Britain it doesn't help that defending yourself can get you in trouble. Sometimes more trouble than the dirtbag who attacked you.
Jacob Smyth chased three youths out of his hardware shop in Penzance, Cornwall, when he was set upon. When he was kicked in the groin by one of the hooded youths who had stolen cans of spray paint Mr Smyth hit back.

Police issued fixed penalty tickets to the shoplifters but charged Mr Smyth and a colleague with assault.

Just bloody wonderful.

Added: well, hell, Kevin has already taken note of this, along with some 'slight' problems with Brit crime numbers:
An extra two million violent crimes a year are committed in Britain than previously thought because of a bizarre distortion in the Government's flagship crime figures, it was claimed yesterday.

A former Home Office research expert said that across all types of crime, three million offences a year are excluded from the British Crime Survey (BCS).

The poll caps the number of times a victim can be targeted by an offender at five incidents a year.

If anyone interviewed for the survey says they have been targeted more than five times a year, the sixth incident and beyond are not included in the BCS.
The authors of a report by think-tank Civitas said the five-crimes limit is " truly bizarre" and "misleading".

'Misleading'. Gee, ya think?

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