|Quoting BHMNONREV (Reply 88):|
That was my first thought when I heard about this sickening tragedy several hours ago. Didn't save those kids in Scotland any more than it did today in Newtown.
Firstly, this is so awful, to a degree that after so many similar incidents this one still has the power to shock.
To Dunblane in 1996, the killer, Thomas Hamilton used a legally brought Browning semi auto pistol.
Semi auto pistols like that are no longer legal. The public demand for this to be so was overwhelming.
9 years before, Micheal Ryan used a legally brought semi auto AK-47, an M1 Carbine and pistols in Hungerford. Those class of weapons were banned, again by overwhelming public demand.
Has it ended gun crime? No but the levels are low, many crime related guns are in fact converted replica and air weapons.
Getting hold of a .223 rifle - presumably a semi auto version of a military rifle - is very hard to get hold of here.
Way beyond the ability of most wannabe gang balloon-heads.
Want to compare gun deaths adjusted for the respective populations for the US and UK?
There is a reason why most British police are unarmed and wish to stay that way.
The reason why our political leaders could not, had they wished so, resist the public calls for restrictions is perhaps because there is no real NRA over here. No well funded, unelected lobbyists.
But there was a limit. In 2010 in another rural location in England, there was a massacre carried out by a man with a shotgun and .22 weapon. It's hard to see how these could, or should, be banned in such locations, where most of them are.
There was no great public demand either.
Question? Are those so dead set against restrictions on guns also Libertarian enough to feel the same about drugs?
Why not, same logic, 'I can handle them, it's just those irresponsible others who spoil it for the rest'.