Yes, guns are such a bugaboo along the Champs Elysees that even the police - charged with protecting the city’s civilian population - choose not to carry. So, when they run into a few mass murdering Islamic terrorists carrying AK-47’s, they simply “leave.”
Researchers looked at crime data from several European countries and found that countries with HIGHER gun ownership often had LOWER murder rates. Russia, for example, enforces very strict gun control on its people, but its murder rate remains quite high. In fact, the murder rate in Russia is four times higher than in the “gun-ridden” United States, cites the study. ”Homicide results suggest that where guns are scarce other weapons are substituted in killings.”
The results have not been what proponents of the act wanted. Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time. -Joyce Lee Malcolm
Liberal, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Murder
An apparent murder-suicide in Australia — the country’s deadliest mass shooting in over two decades — left seven dead Friday, according to local reports.
The bodies of three adults and four children, all of which were reportedly related and lived together, were found at a property in rural Osmington, according to Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. Two firearms were also found at the scene...
The case is particularly unusual given Australia’s strict gun laws, which are often pointed to as examples for other countries struggling to prevent mass shootings.
Liberal, Government, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Regulation
Queensland police should carry a rifle in every squad car, with every officer trained in how to use them, a senior officer has argued...
Senior Sergeant Collins said the presence of a rifle would not have made those situations any more or less dangerous but argued it could help in situations were criminals were armed with high-powered weaponry, such as the shooting of Toowoomba police officer Brett Forte.
“Their accuracy is far better than ours,” he told Fairfax Media. “Their ability to engage us is further than our effective capacity with a pistol.”
Liberal, Violence, Guns, Narrative, Oops
A migrant who fled the Somali Civil War 20 years ago is considering moving back to his homeland as he says Sweden has become a “war zone”. Revealing that other migrants have fled parts of Sweden in fear of their lives, Mohammed Dame said he believes that Sweden is no longer a safe place.
Interviewed at a secret location, Dame said he and his family are on the run from criminal gangs that now rule the Gothenburg suburbs. He told NRK, Norway’s public broadcaster, “It’s like a war zone. We do not know who gets shot. Bullets can hit you anywhere.
Liberal, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Terrorism, Regulation, Murder
Turkey, which recently suffered an attack in the Istanbul airport by a terrorist with an AK-47, has a complete prohibition on private ownership of semiautomatic rifles, firearm licensing requirements, and background checks... According to The University of Sydney’s GunPolicy.org, Turkey’s gun controls are “restrictive.” In addition to the semiautomatic rifle (“assault weapon”) ban and firearms licensing, Turkey has background checks that are so invasive an applicant undergoes an examination of his “criminal, mental health, domestic violence, medical and addiction records.”
For example, I live in Idaho. In 2011, our murder rate was 2.3 per 100,000 people. We have almost no gun-control laws here. You need a permit to carry concealed in cities, but nearly anyone who may legally own a firearm and is over 21 can get that permit. We are subject to the federal background check on firearms, but otherwise there are no restrictions. Surely with such lax gun-control laws, our murder rate must be much higher than our Canadian counterparts’ rate. But this is not the case: I was surprised to find that not only Nunavut (21.01) and the Northwest Territories (6.87) in Canada had much higher murder rates than Idaho, but even Nova Scotia (2.33), Manitoba (4.24), Saskatchewan (3.59), and Alberta (2.88) had higher murder rates -Clayon E. Cramer
Liberal, Guns, Narrative, Oops
The daughter of former British prime minister Tony Blair was held up at gunpoint in an attempted armed robbery in London but a spokesman for the family said Thursday she escaped unhurt.
Guns, Narrative, Oops
A man running for councilor in the upcoming elections in May was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen Sunday evening in San Fernando City in La Union. The police recovered five spent shells and five slugs of a still unknown type of firearm from the scene of the crime. Nisperos was killed despite the implementation of the nationwide gun ban in connection with the May elections.
Liberal, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Regulation
The United Kingdom is often held up as a successful example of gun control by those on the left. But a recent poll by the Daily Telegraph, one of England’s most widely-read publications, shows Britons themselves are far from sold on the laws. In a poll asking readers what laws they would like to see introduced or changed, an overwhelming number of voters chose “repeal the ban on hand guns and re-open shooting clubs.” “After all, why should only criminals be ‘allowed’ to possess guns and shoot unarmed, defenceless citizens and police officers?” reader Colliemum wrote.
Liberal, Violence, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Law
COMBATING gun crime in NSW remains the top priority of the state's police force, senior officers announced on Wednesday. In the past 12 months, more than 9000 guns have been taken off NSW streets and 3352 people have been charged as part of ongoing investigations... "There is no single source of gun crime violence...guns have fallen into the hands of organised crime, outlaw motorcycle gangs, mid-level crime groups and petty thieves and the lines are often blurred," Mr Scipione said
“A woman in Great Britain is three times more likely to be raped than an American woman,” Kopel’s testimony reads. “Overall, the violent crime rate in England and Wales is far above the American rate. Using the standard definition for the four most common major violent crimes: homicide, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.”
Liberal, Guns, Narrative, Oops
In 2002 -- five years after enacting its gun ban -- the Australian Bureau of Criminology acknowledged there is no correlation between gun control and the use of firearms in violent crime. In fact, the percent of murders committed with a firearm was the highest it had ever been in 2006 (16.3 percent), says the D.C. Examiner.
Violence, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Law, Regulation
Incredible footage has emerged of a Grand Theft Auto-style showdown between armed fugitives and advancing police on a busy motorway. The shirtless men run wild into oncoming traffic, waving their weapons at drivers and firing shots as officers approach. One fugitive runs straight into a vehicle's path, bouncing off the boot and crashing onto the concrete...
The four-hour pursuit began in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, in Australia on February 2 2015... Police say several shots were fired at officers and other vehicles by the offenders. One car was held up at gunpoint with a young child inside.
Even Australia's Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research acknowledges that the gun ban had no significant impact on the amount of gun-involved crime: In 2006, assault rose 49.2 percent and robbery 6.2 percent. Sexual assault -- Australia's equivalent term for rape -- increased 29.9 percent. Overall, Australia's violent crime rate rose 42.2 percent.
Liberal, Crime, Guns, Narrative, Oops
A new study suggests the use of handguns in crime rose by 40% in the two years after the weapons were banned. The research, commissioned by the Countryside Alliance's Campaign for Shooting, has concluded that existing laws are targeting legitimate users of firearms rather than criminals. The ban on ownership of handguns was introduced in 1997 as a result of the Dunblane massacre, when Thomas Hamilton opened fire at a primary school leaving 16 children and their teacher dead.
Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population). For example, Norway has the highest rate of gun ownership in Western Europe, yet possesses the lowest murder rate.
Guns, Narrative, Law
Jun 02, 2010: A gunman killed at least 12 people in a deadly rampage through a popular tourist region in the northwest Wednesday, before apparently turning the gun on himself, police said... The country has tight controls on gun ownership introduced after two previous mass shootings in recent years... Handguns were banned in 1997, and semi-automatic and pump-action rifles are also outlawed.
Liberal, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Regulation
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A new wave of execution-style shootings in Sweden's third largest city has left police puzzled, raising concerns that Malmo has become a magnet for gang-related killings... Sweden's gun control laws are fairly strict. Penalties for possessing illegal arms typically involve fines or up to one year in prison, but serious breaches of the law can result in a four-year sentence.
Liberal, Guns, Narrative, Oops, Law
The Government's latest crime figures were condemned as "truly terrible" by the Tories today as it emerged that gun crime in England and Wales soared by 35% last year. Criminals used handguns in 46% more offences, Home Office statistics revealed. Firearms were used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the 12 months to last April, up from 7,362. It was the fourth consecutive year to see a rise and there were more than 2,200 more gun crimes last year than the previous peak in 1993. Figures showed the number of crimes involving handguns had more than doubled since the post-Dunblane massacre ban on the weapons, from 2,636 in 1997-1998 to 5,871.