Saturday, May 19, 2018

They Slaughtered 16 Kindergarteners in Britain For Gun Control. Now Violent Crime is Skyrocketing.

Want to know how they got Britain to turn in their guns? They slaughtered 16 kindergarteners. If you want to understand what the end goal for America really is, read on. If you want to have a real debate about gun control, you need to know this story. They are using the same playbook.
On March 13, 1996, in the small Scottish town of Dunblane, a man shot to death 16 young children and their teacher, at an elementary school, before turning a gun on himself.
The gunman, Thomas Hamilton, lived in the town. On the day of the massacre, he drove into the school parking lot at about 9:30 in the morning. He cut the cables on a telephone pole and then entered the school, carrying four handguns and 743 rounds of ammunition and wearing shooting earmuffs. He fired a couple of shots as he made his way to the school gym, where teacher Gwen Mayor had just taken her kindergarten students for their physical education class. Hamilton entered the gym and immediately opened fire, wounding physical education teacher Eileen Harrild and teaching assistant Mary Blake and injuring and killing several children. Harrild and Blake took shelter inside a cupboard in the gym, bringing as many children with them as they could, as Hamilton continued his fusillade.
When an adult and an older student tried to look inside the gym to find out what was going on, Hamilton fired toward them and then left the gym, firing toward the library cloakroom and into a mobile classroom, where the students lay on the floor at their teachers’ instruction. Hamilton then returned to the gym, dropped the gun he had been using and chose another one, which he used to kill himself. The entire attack took place over a period of less than five minutes. Mayor and 15 children were killed outright, and another child died in the hospital. A further 15 people, the vast majority of them children, were wounded.
A motive for the massacre was never established.
After the Dunblane massacre, handgun control became highly political. Handgun ownership was increasing in the 1990s and sports shooting, the only legitimate reason for owning a handgun, was a fast growing sport. Yet even members of the elite country-sports lobby were troubled by newcomers, keen on “combat style” shooting, entering the sport. These tensions opened up after Dunblane. The government commissioned Lord Cullen to run an inquiry into the incident. He recommended cautious compromises (storing firearms in secure armouries or police stations). These were initially rejected as “unworkable” by shooters, but they were ultimately overwhelmed by the strength of public feeling. Arguing that Britain’s developing gun culture was responsible for the tragedy of Dunblane, the Snowdrop campaign presented a 750,000 signature petition to the UK parliament.
The government of the time, under the premiership of John Major, was split, reluctant to confront pro-gun Tory backbenchers, although Tony Blair’s New Labour was waiting in the wings, ready to seize the issue. The then home secretary Michael Howard initially wanted to accept Cullen’s compromise. But the Scottish secretary, Michael Forsythe, MP for Dunblane’s neighbouring constituency of Stirling, with one of the smallest parliamentary majorities, had made commitments to bereaved family members. Eventually the prime minister supported Forsythe and backed the handgun control proposals. The Conservative government legislated to ban higher calibre handguns in 1997. After the New Labour government swept to power that May, it added .22 calibre handguns to the prohibited list.
By March 1999, the National Audit Office reported to parliament that 165,353 licensed handguns and 700 tonnes of ammunition, had been surrendered, involving an estimated compensation cost of £95m. In the aftermath of the massacre, residents of Dunblane initiated the Snowdrop Campaign (named for the spring flower that was in bloom at the time of the mass shooting) to seek changes in British gun laws. The campaign’s petition gathered some 750,000 signatures, and a letter written by the mother of one of the slain children was printed in two national newspapers. In February 1997 Parliament responded by passing a law banning private ownership of handguns above .22 calibre, and in November 1997 the ban was extended to all handguns. In addition, security requirements for gun clubs were expanded.
Nobody expected what happened next. An 105% increase in recorded handgun crime occurred between 1998 and 2003. It opened up a whole new gun market in the UK comprising non-firing “realistic imitation” firearms (hitherto largely unknown in the UK), BB guns, and high-powered air weapons. The rise in handgun crime had nothing to do with the handgun ban and everything to do with the changing patterns of supply and demand in the illegal firearms market. In the face of some of the world’s toughest gun control laws, criminal ingenuity worked to create new supply routes into Britain to meet criminal demand, even as local intelligence-led policing has sought to suppress the demand for firearms in “gang affected” communities. Criminals don't obey gun laws. The authorities in the UK are now considering how to prepare for new threats from gun terrorists, such as the Paris style “mass casualty” attacks. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has recently published a hard-hitting report recommending further important changes to British firearms licensing, for instance by requiring better information sharing between police and community mental health teams and a more rigorous vetting of firearm license applicants.
Today, violent crime in England and Wales is rising at an accelerating pace, according to police figures showing a 22% increase in knife crime and 11% rise in gun crime. London's murder rate has grown by 40% over the past three years and now surpasses New York's. Robberies are way up and, even more disturbing, are committed while people are at home because criminals know that people aren't armed and can't protect themselves.
"There is no single cause, but there has been a big spike in both gun crime and knife crime across London," Parliamentarian David Lammy, who represents Tottenham, told the BBC. "Certainly my constituency finds itself at the epicenter of that. There are real issues about a lack of resources."
Arab gangs roam the streets on mopeds and throw acid in pedestrian's faces and slash at shoppers with machetes. London's ERs have so many knife attacks, the floors are covered in blood and burn surgeons are overwhelmed. White vans, filled with armed terrorists, run down pedestrians and then jump out to shoot and stab those that are still alive. Suicide bombers plant so many devices around popular spots that London has eliminated trash cans and placed barricades everywhere.
How has Mayor Sadiq Khan responded? He is out confiscating crochet needles and screw drivers and cautioning unarmed citizens to run and hide if they face armed criminals. The police will come and help you. Right. Good luck with that. People, NEVER EVER GIVE UP YOUR GUNS.

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