Among the many reasons that socialism always fails is the fact that it is wholly unrealistic and requires far too many things to be perfect and work right for it to actually be effective at all. By the same token, gun control doesn’t work for many of the same reasons: it is unrealistic to believe passing gun control laws will make those who don’t care about the laws suddenly care about them or work with them willingly.
The United Kingdom and especially London have some of the strictest gun control laws imaginable, and yet, shootings still happen, other crimes like knife crimes happen and some of the worst people you could think of have access to guns innocent civilians have no hope of being able to stand up against.
Yesterday, a guy in his late teens was fatally shot in London just minutes after another man was stabbed in his head (non-fatally, somehow) elsewhere in the city. The crimes don’t appear to be related, however.
Still, that is far from the only case of a violent crime perpetrated with a knife and the shooting goes to show that gun control laws simply can’t prevent shootings and gun-related killings in general.
But that’s not the only reason I am talking about this. If anything, that’s the secondary reason. The primary reason is the fact that just a day before said shooting, Metropolitan Police conducted a raid in an industrial estate near Bretts Farm, Romford Road. This raid found quite the arsenal of weaponry including “three AK47 assault rifles, one sub-machine gun, two shotguns, one revolver, one self-loading pistol, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and 22 grenades.”
Officers also found “a large number of stolen vehicles, several kilos of Class A drugs, and a cannabis farm.”
Now, I don’t know gun laws in Britain as much as I do in the United States, but if American laws are anything to go by, and knowing that British laws are even more extreme, I can’t imagine some, if any, of these things are legal. AK47 assault rifles (aka automatic rifles) certainly are not legal. Sub-machine guns typically are automatic weapons, so I can’t imagine that’s legal, but one can get a sub-machine-gun-like weapon (like an UZI) if it is semi-auto. Shotguns might be the outlier here. Handguns, however, have been banned since 1997 and grenades are explosives, so there’s no way those are legal.
According to Business Insider, people can own shotguns and rifles as long as they have an appropriate license. However, shotguns have the restriction that “they can’t hold more than three shotgun shells – including the one in the chamber if it’s a pump-action or semiautomatic shotgun.”
And while you are legally able to buy semiautomatic rifles, their caliber can be no higher than .22, which isn’t much.
Still, while you can buy one, you have to give the government a “good reason” to buy one. Business Insider says that “hunting or being a member of a shooting club, for example, might be seen as good reasons.” However, “self-defense won’t be considered a valid reason.”
So if you are living in London, for the most part, you won’t have a good reason to buy a rifle. Well, wanting to protect yourself should be seen as a valid reason, but these people are insanely stupid or simply don’t care, so your peasant arse can die for all they care.
And again, all handguns are illegal, so there isn’t much chance of defending yourself in the city, unless you want to risk doing something illegal yourself.
That is the line criminals, by definition, aren’t afraid to cross. They won’t care what the law says. If the law says they can’t get a gun, they smile because that means law-abiding citizens are further restricted. If a bad guy wants to get a gun badly enough, he will find a way to get one.
I’ve used this example before, but I think it’d be good to use it again: how many times has someone used a gun that didn’t belong to them? How many times has a shooter used a gun that belonged to either a friend or family member? How do you regulate that? By punishing the owner of the gun? They had nothing to do with the person’s actions, especially if the shooter stole the owner’s gun.
And it’s not like that’s the only way to acquire a gun. There are black markets, where you can buy any gun you want. How else would someone be able to get assault rifles, sub-machine guns, handguns and grenades as the Metropolitan officers found in their recent raid?
All types of shady characters from gang members to even terrorists use this sort of system. A gang member told the Evening Standard that “in the last 10 years, since the Somalis and the Congolese came to London, they taught us a whole new level of violence… These people had seen family members mutilated so when they said, ‘I’m gonna smash you up,’ us guys would be shouting, ‘Yo blud, wot you mean?’ and they would just pull out a blade and juk [stab] you in the chest. It upped the speed and level of violence for us British-born guys. We had to arm up to protect ourselves. It created an upward spiral.”
So regardless of what the law says, gang members and foreign terrorists are able to gather weapons no law-abiding citizen is allowed to own.
A number of reasons can be given as to why London in particular is circling the drain in terms of security. I would say that the fact police are forced to look into non-violent “hate crimes” as more of a priority than other things and the fact that the central government often cuts police budgets are the most important reasons. The fact that the U.K. is also taking in multitudes of immigrants particularly from places like Syria certainly doesn’t help.
Despite what the local or federal government tries to do in the U.K., chaos seems to be a prominent sight. While it’s not quite apocalypse-level of chaos and unruliness, the fact that stabbings and other violent crimes happen so often in London shows how weak the government is to try and maintain order.
Ronald Reagan once said that the government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. The U.K. government is adamant about doing the exact opposite, focusing on crimes of feelings rather than crimes of violence.
And when they do focus on crimes of violence, they take all the wrong steps to ensure they are not lessened, only helping bad guys continue to do those things. You know what would really bring down the knife crime rates? ALLOWING PEOPLE TO PROTECT THEMSELVES! Allow people to own handguns! Allow people to say protecting themselves is the reason they want to do it!
Because seriously, that reason should be enough to get a gun. The government is essentially slapping their people in the face by saying protecting yourself is not a “good reason”. “You want to make sure the rampant knife crimes going on are kept to a minimum for yourself and your family? You want to be able to protect yourself from someone who wants to cause you harm? Well, screw you!” is essentially what the U.K. government tells their people.
Gun control never works. Look at any place in the world where there is strict gun control and you will see that. New Zealand recently had a shooting even though they have some of the strictest gun control in the world. They are now moving to have even more gun control than before, outright banning rifles and forcing people to turn theirs in. Do you want to know who’s not going to obey those laws? PEOPLE LIKE THE DAMN SHOOTER!
No area is ever made safer by the confiscation and restriction of guns for those who obey the law.
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”
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