OK with knife attacks in England and the Hauge there are people that try to point out that if the attacker had had a gun then the death tolls would have been a lot higher. No kidding. Then they go on to try and say that is proof that removing guns works. That’s where they lose all credibility. They say we need gun control like England. We need to only let the cops have guns and so on. Maybe they should actually research a bit before making themselves look so uneducated on the subject.
First, let’s address crime overall in England. This is from a recent BBC article: “Violent crime recorded by police in England and Wales has risen by 19% in a year, latest Home Office figures show. The number of homicides – including murder and manslaughter – rose from 649 to 739, an increase of 14%, in the 12 months to the end of September 2018. It is the the highest total for such crimes since 2007. Robbery went up by 17%, as did recorded sexual offenses, according to the data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Overall crimes recorded by police went up by 7% with a total of 5,723,182 offences recorded.”
Now lets look at crime in the US: “FBI data released Monday suggests that the violent crime rate in the U.S. remains on a decades-long downward trend, falling by 3.9 percent in 2018. Overall, the violent crime rate has plunged by more than 50 percent since the highwater mark of the early 1990s.The drops came across categories of violent offenses, including murder, non-negligent manslaughter and robbery, and property crimes like burglary, larceny and vehicle thefts, while aggravated assault numbers remained about flat. The rate for rape bucked this trend, however, up slightly for 2018, and in each of the last six years.”
So when people say they want us to follow England’s gun control, tell them they are idiots and don’t know what they are talking about. In England, they are now calling for knife control. They tried to get rid of the guns (which are still used in crimes) and saw a huge increase in knife crimes, now they want those too. In the US Americans bought more firearms than ever and guess what, crime went down, some by more than 50% over the last decade! While you cannot link guns to the drop in crime specifically, one would have to be foolish to not count it in reasons for the decrease. Fear of being dead is a great deterrent to crime.
Take a good look at the photos from the attack. Especially the one of the guy who was reduced to using narwhal horn to try and defend against the terrorist.