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Speaking of guns ...
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, September 05, 2007

You have to wonder what a few armed "victims' could do in Scotland for the violent crime wave they seem to be suffering:
ONE violent crime is committed every 37 minutes in Scotland as the country fails to tackle the "blades menace".

The latest statistics show a slight increase in the number of crimes and offences overall last year to more than a million.

But while crimes of dishonesty and housebreaking fell to a record low, non-sexual crimes of violence were up by three per cent to 14,099 - or 39 violent crimes every day.

Kenny MacAskill, the justice secretary, blamed the "blades menace" and promised a further crackdown on knife culture.
Yeah, I know, it's a little harder to commit mass murder with a knife, isn't it? Not that taking guns away has had any positive effect on violent crime, per se. And to the victim, gun, knife - dead is dead.

But I'd guess it would be harder to commit murder if the person you're attempting to do in is armed with a gun.

Of course we can't have that - people defending themselves and all. We'd rather complain about the rise in violent crime and the "blades menace" (which I assume replaced the "gun menace") and make promises about crackdowns and, you know, taking a tougher stance and all.

I wonder how many times you have to hear nonsense like that before you just say to hell with it and go out and find a gun, legal or otherwise?
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"knife culture" as opposed to a gun culture. This isn’t a scrappleface joke?
The latest statistics show a slight increase in the number of crimes and offences overall last year to more than a million.
Wow how many people does Scotland have?

This is one of those things I always think of when Michael Moore or whoever complains about how we are the most violent country ever and we have too many guns or even that we have as many guns as Canada but we kill more and whatever. Other countries that ban guns still have very high crime rates.
Written By: jows
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For fun, do a search for "Gun menace" and "gun culture" on BBC and other news sites. You’ll get plenty of hits from the mid 90s to mid 00’s. Presuming they really do finish cracking down on knives, I predict that by 2015 or so you’ll be hearing about the "cricket bat menace" and " "club with nails in" culture".
Written By: Lysenko
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"But while crimes of dishonesty..."

I love this line.
Written By: timactual
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Putting aside the problems with gun laws for a second I think it is worth pointing out that when guns were banned in the UK it was not a huge deal for most of the population since gun ownership was tiny anyway (with the exception of many old WW2 souvenirs and farmers in the country).

I recall reading at the time that gun ownership in the UK affected something like 60000 people though I have no link for it. My point is one must take care when thinking that a massive change occurred (and in fact the argument could be made that the 1997 restrictions were pointless from a practical point of view).
Written By: kav
Britain had been squeezing honest gun owners for decades, making it more and more difficult and expensive to own. Licensing, registration, ammo restrictions, etc. The reason it may ’only’ have affected 60k people is because of the many, many more who’d been squeezed out already.
Written By: Firehand
Damn those pastry chefs and their knife culture of death!
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