If you want to know what life would be like in a country with strict gun control, here is the most recent example from the country where Great Britain used to be:
The article is quite revealing, but more for the recounting of similar events than this specific incident. Also important: the description of general lawlessness that comes when criminals have no fear of the citizenry or the law.
From the article:
“The man is believed to have grabbed a legally owned gun after they were disturbed by the break-in early yesterday.
He is understood to have fired at the intruders who then fled the isolated house at Melton Mowbray, Leics, before calling the police.
Minutes later, an ambulance was called to treat a man with gunshot injuries nearby. It is understood that call was made by one of the suspected burglars.
The arrested man’s mother said: “This is not the first time they have been broken into. They have been robbed three or four times. One of them was quite nasty.”
A second man was later treated for gunshot injuries after arriving at Leicester Royal Infirmary, 10 miles from the scene of the shooting. Neither of the men is said to be seriously injured”
And the aftermath?
“Yesterday the businessman and his wife were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. Four men, understood to be the suspected burglars, were also arrested.
After multiple previous burglaries and no effective deterrent from the British justice system, these farmers said enough. The article doesn’t say what kind of gun was used, or what ammunition. A shotgun is the likely weapon, using birdshot, since there is still some justification to own one for birding purposes in Britain.
Those of you who have been following self-defense stories for a while might remember another incident in Britain:
The case will reignite the debate over a householder’s right to defend his property, which began in the late 1990s after the farmer Tony Martin shot two burglars at his remote Norfolk home. In 1999, Martin fired at Brendan Fearon, 29, and Fred Barras, 16, after they broke into the house in Emneth Hungate.
Three shots were fired, Barras was hit in the back and despite escaping through a window died moments later. Martin was convicted of murder and jailed for life, which was reduced on appeal to manslaughter and five years’ jail.”
The Tony Martin case got a bit of press over here, much of it from gun rights advocates who used it as an example of gun control’s ineffectiveness in reducing crime as well as the end result of a deterioration of a criminal justice system.
But there was an even more outrageous miscarriage of justice in 2008 (the date was misidentified in the article):
“In 2009, the millionaire businessman Munir Hussain fought back with a metal pole and a cricket bat against a knife-wielding burglar who tied up his family at their home in Buckinghamshire. Hussain was jailed for two and a half years, despite his attacker being spared prison.
Appeal judges reduced the sentence to a year’s jail, suspended.
So Munir had to do time, which was later cut short. What was unmentioned is that Munir’s brother was also imprisoned, and his sentence was NOT reduced. The judge said he was less justified when he used force.
And the attacker? His story highlighted the impotence of British “justice”:
“In September 2009, Walid Salem, then 57, a criminal with more than 50 previous convictions,was given a two year non-custodial supervision order to the charge of false imprisonment of the Hussain family, as he was considered unfit to plead due to brain damage caused by the attack by Munir and Tokeer Hussain.
On 4 January 2009 Salem was arrested for a further five offences he was accused of committing after he had recovered from the attack. However On 21 December 2009 he received an absolute discharge because he was deemed unfit to plead.”
Well there certainly seems to be a complete absence of accountability for criminals in Britain. The injustice of the Munir Hussain case triggered an outrage, and even the platitude-spewing Prime Minister had to address the matter:
The case prompted David Cameron to announce that home owners and shopkeepers would have the right to protect themselves against burglars and robbers.
Last year, Peter Flanagan, 59, who fatally stabbed a burglar armed with a machete at his home in Salford, Great Manchester, escaped prosecution after the Crown Prosecution Service ruled that he was acting in self defence.”
Well that’s one win for the good buys. Who knows how serious Cameron’s government is about self defense, or whether he will actually follow through. But the larger issue is: does anyone think that taking on a machete-swinging crook with a knife is an ideal scenario? That’s what you get when you prevent people from possessing the means to defend themselves.
Some might say that Britain would be worse off if guns weren’t banned. To which I reply:
“Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.
The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year – a rise of 89 per cent.
In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.
In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled.”
But wait…guns are illegal in Britain!
What if you set aside gun crimes? How bad is all crime in England? The official numbers are bad. But the official numbers are a deliberate fabrication, engineered to hide the skyrocketing crime rate that is several orders of magnitude greater than admitted:
The gun control fanatics can whine all day like a set of cheap brake pads.