Once again, the proof about gun control is right there for all to see. England made guns illegal to own. They have the toughest gun control laws in the world. And what happened?
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.
Once again, that old saw is right. Take guns away from the citizens and only the criminals will have guns. Prohibition does not work. If people want something, they will get it. And if a lot of people want it, the black market will make it easy for them to get it.
All the lies being told in the Obama administration that criminals in Mexico are getting their guns from American homes, is a fantasy. The percentage is small. Yet they want to use that argument and others to restrict gun sales in the US and perhaps ownership. Despite the fact that the idea is more unpopular than the public option they are trying to ram down people’s throats.
We’re already making a lot of the mistakes England has made before us. We don’t want to make any more.