Each year in this country, thousands of people are victims of serious violent crimes, even murdered, because they are rendered defenseless by ill-conceived, unjust and draconian legislation. People are mercilessly prosecuted if they take precautions to protect themselves and their families, with many losing their freedom, their jobs and even their homes as a result.
constantly being told that prohibitions on the private possession of weapons work and that we are all safer
because of them. This is a lie.
In 1970, police in England and Wales recorded 687 crimes involving
firearms, excluding airguns and replicas. By 2005, this figure has jumped to
11,088 crimes involving firearms, again excluding airguns and replicas. A rise of 1,513 percent in just 35 years.
figures for crime involving handguns are even higher. In 1970, just 213
crimes involving handguns were reported by police in England and Wales.
In 2001, that figure had risen to 5,874 crimes. A shocking increase of 2,657 percent in just 31 years.
Back in 1997, when handguns were banned, we were told
that it would lead to a safer, less violent society. Yet our society has seen no significant change in violent crime or homicide rates, with previous trends continuing unimpeded.
We often hear claims that "the bad guys will arm
themselves and everything will get worse if we allow people to own weapons for self-defense". This is
another lie, designed simply to further the prohibitionist's cause.
Countries where armed self-defense is legal have lower violent crime rates than countries where it is prohibited. The same is also true within countries such as the US, where states with liberal weapon laws have lower violent crime rates than states with prohibitive weapon laws, and where the legalization of concealed carry has led to massive, nation-wide drops in violent crime and homicide rates.
we should look at reforming our weapon laws, with the aim of making them fair and sensible.
- Graham Showell & The lizard.