The UK banned handguns in 1997. The ban on ownership of handguns was introduced in 1997 as a result of the Dunblane massacre, when Thomas Hamilton opened fire at a primary school leaving 16 children and their teacher dead. Sounds eerily familiar doesn’t it.
The last estimate I saw on cia world fact book (which granted … was a few years back) was 6 million illegal handguns in the UK. Contrary to what you read in Wikipedia (or hear in the American drive-by media), BBC reported that, “A new study suggests the use of handguns in crime rose by 40% in the two years after the weapons were banned.”
Research, commissioned by the Countryside Alliance‘s Campaign for Shooting, concluded that the UK’s existing gun laws merely targeted legitimate users of firearms … and did nothing to prevent criminals from accessing and using guns for illegal purposes.
The Centre for Defence Studies at Kings College in London, which carried out its own research, said the number of crimes in which a handgun was reported increased from 2,648 in 1997/98 to 3,685 in 1999/2000. These are facts and numbers … not emotion-based arguments.
Real numbers show that American states and cities that issue concealed carry permits see a real drop in violent crime; while gun-free zones merely provide good hunting grounds for sociopathic killers. Connecticut already had draconian gun laws in place … have you tried to legally own a gun in Connecticut.
The argument for gun control is based on emotions … fear; and labeling … and then demonizing an inanimate object all the while ignoring the real problem; the deplorable state of morality in America and the refusal of society to hold individuals accountable for their own actions. The argument against stricter gun laws is based on real numbers and historical evidence.
Part of the problem is that too many people get their ” facts” from the liberal mass media, and so they only hear the demonizing. Yes, this horrifying incident in Connecticut was tragic beyond belief. But many facts about the circumstances of the case are not being discussed. Instead, we have liberals screaming for more restrictions and gun bans … and disarming law-abiding, honest Americans. In reality, if they succeed, they will only succeed in creating more potential victims and will not impact criminals in the least!
Well, we learned how Obama is going to fund his jobs (and I use the term loosely) act! Higher taxes!! Half a trillion dollars worth! Of course, in his jobs speech it was going to be fully funded by cutting spending … who would have thunk! And, his taxes are on single earners making over $200,000, and couple and small business owners making $250,000 per year. Like this is wealthy? Maybe it is in East Tennessee, but it is middle-income in Los Angeles, New York City, and Connecticut! And the extra taxing of small private-sector business owners who create 70% of the real job growth, and funneling that money through the federal bureaucracy (making sure their pensions and benefits are safe) and sending the rest out the back door to give temporary jobs to union (NEA) workers who support Obama’s political agenda is corrupt Chicago political machine politics at its best!!
But … hey … for three and one half years, Obama has been tirelessly working; doing what needs to be done to fundamentally transform this great county into a shadow of its former self … a giant, centrally mismanaged, self-loathing, apologetic, socialist nanny state that Michele Obama can be proud of.
Truthfully, if Obama had worked tirelessly at what he has been “actually” doing … we would be in deeper shit than we are now! Fortunately, he and Michele have mostly been living it up like royalty; jet setting around in separate jets, taking extravagant tax payer funded vacations, playing endless rounds of golf, redistributing tax payer money to their cronies, and attending lavish fund-raisers.
So why do we need to fund still more “shovel ready” construction jobs on roads, bridges, and schools? Isn’t that what the last “porkulus” package was supposed to do? Oh yeah … I forgot … that $1 trillion went to …. ummm …. ummm … can anybody tell me?
Oh yeah! To fund green energy projects like Solyndra.
(OBAMA MAY 26, 2010: It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future).
Well, the owners of Solyndra have a “brighter and more prosperous future.” That is for sure. Somebody got the $535 million Obama gave them just before they closed their doors! Anybody hear anything about that from the liberal, drive-by media?
Yep! Simply another reason we don’t need the federal government handling American job growth. We need to take the handcuffs like excessive regulation, the Obamacare abomination, and ever soaring taxes off the backs of small business owners and let them expand their businesses and hire people! Small businesses create jobs that do not need the federal government to steal money from medicare, social security, and tax payers to fund! I know … it’s so hard to grasp the concept; especially when your real agenda is simply increasing government power or if you are a useful idiot who can’t think past the progressive-liberal brainwashing that our public school system has forced down our kids throats for the past 30 years or more!
Sorry folks, it is not the federal government’s job to give your kid a musical instrument so he can play in the school band … that is the parents job! It is not the federal government’s job to remodel schools in local communities, that is the local government’s job. It is not the federal government’s job to tell you what to eat, think, read, listen to, play, watch, say, drive, ride, or otherwise do! That is your job! Be a man (or a woman … don’t want to be sexist here!). Make your choices … succeed or fail … but accept the responsibility for your choices … good or bad! You can always try again. That is freedom! That is liberty! And … that, my friends, is what America was once all about!
Finally, many American’s are waking up and catching on to the progressive-liberal elites that are tirelessly working to turn America into a nation of mindless morons (sheeple) that they can control and thus reap the benefits as the “benevolent American aristocracy.” And, as more Americans awaken … Obama’s poll numbers continue to drop. Perhaps that is why he recently blocked the deportation of 300,000 illegal aliens … he may need them as voters in November 2012!