August 25, 2007

Plodding Plods?

I can't even begin to guess how a country can ban handguns and, ten years later, have a rapidly rising rate of crime involving, yes: handguns!

In Australia, our gun laws are such that most average people intent on violence or the odd killing has to resort to using a fork stolen from McDonald's, or their child's hoola-hoop. The really keen spend six months fashioning a sharp implement from a large wooden spoon stolen from the next door neighbor's kitchen draw.

Not so in Britain, where a decade-long ban on handguns means diddly-squat.
"Despite a ban on handguns introduced in 1997 after 16 children and their teacher were shot dead in the Dunblane massacre the previous year, their use in crimes has almost doubled to reach 4,671 in 2005-06. Official figures show that although Britain has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the world, firearm use in crime has risen steadily. This year eight young people have been killed in gun attacks: six in London and one each in Manchester and Liverpool."
Specifically in response to increasing violence and murder amongst youth:
"Mrs Smith has outlined a range of measures, including the increased use of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts and a crackdown on the sale of alcohol to under-age children. The Government has issued guidance to police and local authorities on how to use the contracts — written pledges to improve behaviour — effectively."
Wonder if those Acceptable Behavior Contracts include not purchasing illegal weapons, not firing illegal weapons, and, at a pinch, responsible use of your illegal weapon?

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