On January 11, former UK Security Minister Admiral Lord West said the terror attack in Paris means ammunition controls ought to be added to the UK’s already strict gun controls.
According to Mail Online, Lord West, appearing on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show, suggested gun control “is a crucial tool in the fight against terror … but demanded further action to tighten restrictions on ammunition.”
On September 24, Breitbart News reported that gun control had made England the “most violent country in Europe.” Strict gun controls were passed in that country in 1997, and the result was anything but the peace and tranquility the British people were promised. Instead, in 2009–twelve years after the gun control implementation–the Daily Mail reported that “the [UK] has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa.”
Yet Lord West wants to add ammunition control to gun control, continuing the UK’s post-World War I knee-jerk habit of passing gun control measure after gun control measure, systematically restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens based on the actions of criminals and, now, terrorists.
In 2007, a study titled “Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Violence?” was published in Harvard’s Journal of Public Law and Policy. It contrasted the path of decreasing private gun ownership as the UK has done with that of increasing gun ownership–so citizens can defend themselves–as the U.S. has done.
According to the study:
On the one hand, despite constant and substantially increasing gun ownership, the United States saw progressive and dramatic reductions in criminal violence in the 1990s. On the other hand, the same time period in the United Kingdom saw a constant and dramatic increase in violent crime to which England’s response was ever more-drastic gun control.
Adding ammunition controls to gun controls will only exacerbate the failure of the path taken heretofore.
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