Once again, we see Great Britain acting as a living laboratory for us in America.
Gun banners are always quick to make comparisons between the crime rates of the US versus countries like Japan to argue that gun laws bring about a peaceful society. However, these attempts at handwaving anthropology fall short because one cannot compare two nations with two so dissimilar cultures in such a way. But nations like the US and the UK are much more similar and some comparisons can be made.
The UK has been slowly disarming its people since the early 19th century. A right to keep and bear arms theoretically exists in Britain, but the English Bill of Rights makes this right subject to the will of Parliament; and thus, not a right at all. This program of civilian disarmament dramatically accelerated in the 1990s. Now gun ownership, especially for the sole purpose of self defense, is nearly impossible. Those wishing a gun for self defense are told that the police will protect the, and thus there’s no reason for them to be allowed a gun.
Now before these laws, the British homicide rate was far below that of the US as was its overall violent crime rate. And the murder rate has continued to be far below the US rate during this period of experimentation. Violent crime, on the other hand, has skyrocketed in the Mother Country. With each new gun law, we in the US see how disarming the People makes for a more violent society. In fact, we have seen this pattern repeated throughout the rest of the Anglosphere. And tonight, illuminated by the glow of burning cars and shops, we see it again. Defenseless people cannot stand up to a mob. They can only sit idly by as their homes, businesses, and cars burn. They cannot stop that mob from looting every bit of merchandise they have in their stores or taking the clothes from off of their backs. And they are finding that the police cannot do a thing either.
So we in the US can see the shape of things to come by looking across the Atlantic. If we adopt British gun control laws, we can expect a society as violent and crime ridden as theirs. And since our non-firearms murder rate exceeds the overall British murder rate, we can also expect no improvement on that score either. We would have our murder rate combined with their violent crime rate. Lose, lose.