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Posted: 6/27/2001 9:24:01 PM EDT
Is the MMM seeing the light??? [url]http://www.jointogether.org/plugin.jtml?siteID=MMM&p=1&Tab=News&Object_ID=268027[/url] dave@shadows A June 21 UPI commentary says that the strict gun-control laws implemented in Britain to prevent children from accessing firearms are not working. The article was written by Iain Murray, a British citizen who specializes in criminal-justice issues at STATS B, the Statistical Assessment Service, a Washington, D.C.-based public-policy organization. Murray noted that despite the country's five-year-old law, a report by the British government's Youth Justice Board found that 26 percent of high-school students carried a weapon for aggressive or defensive purposes in the last year. Furthermore, 23 percent of British students suspended or expelled from school said they had access to a gun in the last year. Another study by the International Crime Victimization Survey showed that Britain's strict gun-control laws also are not helping to reduce gun crimes. While other parts of the world saw an overall decline in crime, it has remained steady in Britain and Australia, which also has a gun ban. Murray cites data from the London Sunday Times that found that gun crimes also are on the rise in Britain, with the number of firearm offenses increasing 40 percent from 1997 to 2000. Murray says the United States should look at the situation in Britain before it considers implementing stricter gun laws. "If the United States enacts strict gun laws nationwide, the American people cannot expect to see a swift drop in crime or to see our police able to do their jobs with less risk," he said. "Most of all, they cannot expect such laws to free delinquent children from the seduction of the gun."
Link Posted: 6/27/2001 10:54:42 PM EDT
The MMM will just say that the laws in Britain were not strict enough and the same mistake will not be made here.
Link Posted: 6/28/2001 1:11:38 AM EDT
What do you call the organizers of the "Million(misguided)Mom March standing shoulder to shoulder ? Wind tunnel.
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