British Crime Rates Manipulated to Seem Lower Since Gun Ban

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British Crime Rates Manipulated to Seem Lower Since Gun Ban
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Washington DC – -(  A report examining crime in Britain since “restrictive firearm laws virtually banned handguns” in 1997 shows that crime stats have been “massaged” to convince British subjects the gun ban worked, when in fact it may have backfired.

Authored by Dr. Paul Gallant, Dr. Joanne D. Eisen, Alan J. Chwick, and Sherry Gallant, and published here at AmmoLand, the report shows that as recently as 2008 “one in three [Brits] had been a victim of crime, or knew someone who had been.” Also in 2008, “nearly half [of survey respondents] knew of someone in their community who had been a victim in the last year.”

How is such crime possible if banning guns produced the utopia CNN's Piers Morgan repeatedly describes?

The report claims the numbers Morgan and others quote are drawn from figures that have been distorted to one extent or another in order to make the gun ban look successful.

The report shows that “the Brits…freely admit to massaging crime figures” and “are vigorously and openly beating their statistics to a bloody pulp, as they have created a stunningly large bureaucracy to deal with crime figures.”

This bureaucracy decides “how…crime will ultimately be reported.” This includes deciding what crimes will or will not be reported as well. They do this through the use of “targets” which guide police in reducing the number of crimes reported.

The Independent reported on the use of “targets” in January, explaining that these represent certain bureaucratically-designated thresholds that a given crime has to meet to even be labeled as “crime” in the first place.

For instance, “just about every single reported theft of a mobile phone is recorded as lost property,” and very few attempted burglaries are recorded as “attempted burglaries because they all get recorded as criminal damage.” In both instances the reason is the same–“lost property” does not drive up crime stats and “criminal damage” is less severe that “attempted burglary.”

So what are the exact crime numbers in Britain? The honest answer is that no one knows because the statistics have been so manipulated, but the evidence suggests such manipulation has resulted in a crime rate that should be higher than gun control proponents have claimed.

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  • 10 thoughts on “British Crime Rates Manipulated to Seem Lower Since Gun Ban

    1. To EveryoneI,
      I am from the UK and i am going to make this very short and if anyone wishes a more detailed statement about the facts about the UK, of the gun control and crime.
      please come interview me, the crime is totally out of control,many shootings go unreported and stabbings are very normal way of life and are covered up, on a scale what is impossible to measure.
      i owned many guns in the UK, use one to defend yourself in the UK and you are going to Jail.
      i support the 2ND Amendment with a passion, if we lose that we will have total Anarchy

    2. Usually those who start their email with, “I’m a proponent of universal firearms ownership & 100% supporter of the Right to bear those arms” is a liar and the truth is not in them. The remainder of their email will show their true colors.

      Either one is a supporter of the Second Amendment or they are NOT.

    3. Poets Morgan should legally lose his Citizenship for breaking his oath to the United States Constitution. I will push for it with every ounce of my being.

    4. I’m a proponent of universal firearms ownership & 100% supporter of the Right to bear those arms BUT I take issue with the repetitive claims that the ban on handguns had ANY effect either way on crime in the UK.
      For a start, there were relatively few handgun owners in the UK; no more than 125,000 out of more than 60 million.
      These handguns were NOT possessed as a means to defend oneself or one’s property but rather as sporting guns.
      Criminals in the UK did NOT in any way consider the possibility of their intended victim having a handgun.
      YES crimes where handguns were involved increased greatly post 1997 but crime rates overall were already rising steeply & since 2002 ALL recorded crime in the UK has been falling.

      Trying to make any kind of comparison between the US & UK with regard to crime is difficult & ultimately pointless because we are after all two different cultures, despite similarities in language & historical connections.

    5. A whole lot of crime is not even reported for various reasons. For instance there is the impression that if it is not serious why bother as very often no one is caught and punished and if caught a caution may or may not be applied.

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