Let’s compare two English-speaking nations together side-by-side. In America, they have “the right to keep and bear arms”, an amendment to their constitution which guarantees citizens the right to gun ownership, and thus allowing Americans the right to self-defence. In the UK, however, guns are totally banned, and we hear about murders in the news almost all the time.
I hope the government realizes that banning guns doesn’t do anything. When you make anything illegal, criminals will always find a way around them, because what the law seems to forget is that criminals don’t obey the law. That’s why we call them criminals in the first place.
Besides, private gun ownership has been banned in the UK for a very long time, and the right to self-defence has been denied since 1968, and look what happened in that time. We’ve had numerous firearm-related incidents, and not to mention the odd shooting. More recently, there was the Cumbria shootings in 2010, which happened not long after David Cameron became Prime Minister.
If you’re an American, you’d think this is a good reason to let Britons have their guns, but no. Apparently David Cameron disagrees with common sense. He was taking the moral high ground the whole way through, and I believe he actually wanted gun regulations to be even tighter. They’re already very tightly regulated, and violence still happens.
Also, lets imagine what would happen if Britons were allowed to have guns. Would we be more crime-ridden? No. We would be able to defend ourselves from violent criminals, and thus the crime rate would actually drop. Yes, criminals would still try and attack you, but you’d be able to fight back at least. This is also very important in big cities like London or Birmingham. If the news media is to be believed, big British cities are riddled with crime. Wouldn’t it make more sense to allow people in those cities to own guns for self-defence?
Then again, Britain is one of the wimpiest nations on Earth, and it’s been turning this way since the empire collapsed in the late 40’s. Nowadays, it’s gotten so bad that police officers can’t use guns anymore, and yet in America, police officers do have guns, and from what I’ve heard, they’re capable of actually catching violent criminals. Apparently British lawmakers are focused on making sure everyone’s polite and nice all the time like in a Disney movie. What they don’t appear to realize is that the real world doesn’t work that way, certainly not for criminals.
Besides, our culture is slowly morphing into something more like America’s, so the way I see it, gun rights being okayed in the UK is inevitable anyway. One day, crime will get so bad that Britons may flee to America because there’s simply no other option. If you want crime to go down, then letting Britons use guns for self-defence is a good idea, because banning guns does nothing to stop violent crime.