The United Kingdom is often held up as a successful example of gun control by those on the left. But a recent poll by the Daily Telegraph, one of England’s most widely-read publications, shows Britons themselves are far from sold on the laws.
In a poll asking readers what laws they would like to see introduced or changed, an overwhelming number of voters chose “repeal the ban on hand guns and re-open shooting clubs.”
“After all, why should only criminals be ‘allowed’ to possess guns and shoot unarmed, defenceless citizens and police officers?” reader Colliemum wrote.
Here is a screen shot of the results:
In a far second place came the choice for a flat tax, at 7.59% combined to 84.53% who want to repeal the ban on handguns.
“While the poll continues, so far over 80% of the 11,000+ respondents have told the Telegraph that they want to see the handgun ban repealed. The news comes as America contemplates its own new laws on gun ownership, with British talk show host Piers Morgan claiming to back a UK-style ban for the United States.”
The poll was taken in the wake of the brutal public beheading of a British soldier. And the fact that it took a full 20 minutes for the police to show up might have converted some previous skeptics to end the ban. MSN news reported it wasn’t just the public who were worried but MPs as well.
The United Kingdom passed some of the strictest gun control laws in the world in 1997 after 16 children were killed in Dunblane, England. In this attack, a mentally unstable man who had acquired guns illegally had shot up a school killing children and their teacher. Gun crime sharply increased in the subsequent years, doubling by 2007, according to British government crime reports.
It seems British newspaper readers understand far more about the link between handgun ownership and lower crimes.