the ban came into force in 1996 after a man walked into a primary school in Dunblane, Scotland and shot up a bunch of kids. So from 1996 to now, the rate of gun murders has doubled from 15 to less than 40. Those are still great stats considering. 40 gun deaths in a population of 60million. Obviously we have murder by other means but our murder rates are pretty good too (excuse the ontradiction in terms).<quoted text>
If your gun laws and registration has been a "success", why has your gun crime doubled since the ban was put in place, and your violent crime rate has gone up fourfold? Your bobbies never used to carry sidearms, but in some areas now they do because the violence is so bad.
Look - this isn't a debate on who has better gun control. I've already stated very openly, and repeatedly that what works in the UK might not work in the US.
Poverty is the underlyng factor behind our crime rates (as i assume it is for yours). Housing estates where children aren't encouraged to study, work or do anything worthwile are a breeding ground for what Merton termed 'anomie', the process by which the underclass will invert cultural values. So study and hard work are shunned while drug dealing, burglary and fraud are seen as an acceptable means to success.
Hip-Hop is a perfect example of anomie. The disenfranchised youth of America inverted cultural values and got rich rapping about it.
Its the American dream with a twist.
Perhaps its the tone of my posts, I don't know but i'm not suggesting the USA should follow the UK model. For one simple reason, you are legally encouraged by the constitution to bear arms. We never have been and never will be.
Call it draconian if you wish, but it works in the UK.