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Posted: 2/25/2002 12:16:30 PM EDT
I know this news is old hat, but it is always worth a look, and maybe a laugh. [b]Gun crime trebles as weapons and drugs flood British cities[/b] GUN crime has almost trebled in London during the past year and is soaring in other British cities, according to Home Office figures obtained by The Telegraph. Police chiefs fear that Britain is witnessing the kind of cocaine-fuelled violence that burst upon American cities in the 1980s. Cocaine, particularly from Jamaica, now floods into Britain, while the availability of weapons - many of them from eastern Europe - is also increasing. Detectives in London say that the illegal importation of guns started after the end of the Bosnia conflict and that they are changing hands for as little as £200. During the 10 months to January 31, there were 939 crimes involving firearms in the Metropolitan Police area compared with 322 in the 10 months to the end of January, 2001 - an almost three-fold increase. In Merseyside there were 57 shootings during the 12 months to last December compared with 15 in the same period the year before. Greater Manchester also recorded a 23 per cent increase in gun crime and there have been rises in Nottinghamshire, Avon and Somerset, West Yorkshire and the Northumbria Police area which covers Newcastle. Gun crimes during the first 10 months of the annual period have trebled in most of the urban areas which have so far submitted statistics to the Home Office. Sir John Stevens, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said gun gangs were spreading across the country whereas, until recently, they were confined to a handful of London boroughs. Sir John said: "We have to stem the large number of guns coming in. We know you can buy a gun in London for £200 to £300, and that's frightening. The price of hiring or buying a gun has come down because there are more guns circulating. We are having success; we are taking out about 600 guns a year." The new gun crime figures also show that handgun crime has soared past levels last seen before the Dunblane massacre of 1996 and the ban on the weapons that followed . The ban on ownership of handguns was introduced in 1997, the year after Thomas Hamilton, an amateur shooting enthusiast, shot dead 16 schoolchildren, their teacher and himself in Dunblane, Perthshire. It was hoped that the measure would reduce the number of handguns available to criminals. According to internal Home Office statistics, however, handgun crime is now at its highest since 1993. [url]www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/02/24/nguns24.xml&sSheet=/portal/2002/02/24/por_right.html[/url]
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[Last Edit: 2/25/2002 12:28:52 PM EDT by Schnert]
Serves them right, those dumb socialist bastards! My favoite part of Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged" is when all the passengers of a train are killed in an accident that is the logical outcome of their political convictions.
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Lieber toemag, Vieleicht Berlin ist unser Hauptstadt? Herr Pfarrer Meister Schnert
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The American Rifleman ran a fine article on Great Britain and their laughable state of affairs concerning gun crime and laws. One can read there that the prohibitionists aren't concerned with reducing crime in the least....they are concerned with "making it totally illegal for a private citizen to be trained to use a gun." I wish I had some of the quotes from the article down from memory, but there are some real obvious signs to anti-gunners true intentions.
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