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Attention, Parliament: Brits want their guns back

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Recently the Daily Telegraph put out a request to their UK readers to suggest “Private Member Bills” that they would like to see offered to Members of Parliament. A number of ideas were suggested, including a repeal of the ban on handguns and re-opening shooting clubs.

The Telegraph listed the top six suggestions in an online poll asking readers to vote for the one they most wanted to see debated. In addition to repealing the gun ban, others include a 10 year term limit for Prime Ministers and a flat tax for everyone regardless of income.

The voting began about a week ago, and the numbers are staggering in support of bringing back handguns to the public.  The submission reads, “After all, why should only criminals be ‘allowed’ to possess guns and shoot unarmed, defenceless citizens and police officers?”

Here is the graphic of the poll as of Sunday morning:

Telegraph poll graphic

While there is no indication the suggested bills will actually go anywhere, with over 80 percent in support, it’s clear that a large number of people want to bring back their right to bear arms.

After pointing to the Daily Telegraph as “Britain’s most widely read broadsheet newspaper”, the Commentator noted the following:

While gun crime soared after the British ban in 1997, rates of gun violence have fallen, especially in British cities, following more spending by police forces into tackling gun crime… But statistics from the United States show that guns are used by citizens to defend themselves around eighty times more often than they are used to take a life. A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally, that is, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest.”

The Daily Telegraph poll appears to still be accepting votes.

 

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