Anti-gun activists in the United States like to point to the strict gun control in the United Kingdom as a success story, but doing so has always required cherry-picking and otherwise fiddling with the actual crime statistics. Now a new batch of figures provides even clearer evidence that British gun control is far from transforming the island nation into a utopia.
The Guardian reports that a new release from the Office of National Statistics indicates a 10 percent increase in crime reported to police over the last year across England and Wales. There was also an 18 percent increase in violent crime, a 23 percent jump in gun-related crime and a 26 percent spike in homicides.
The ONS said that the crime surge corresponded to greater circulation of the very handguns that are illegal in England and Wales. It’s almost like the career criminals—unlike the defenseless law-abiding citizens—don’t much care about what the law says!
Proposed NICS Fee Bill Would Also Create Gun Registry
A measure introduced in Congress that would require gun purchasers to pay a fee for their NICS background check would also create a gun registry of firearms sold to law-abiding Americans.
The bill, House Resolution 3987 by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., calls for gun purchasers to pay a $1 fee for each NICS check, with the first $10 million in fees collected going to the anti-gun Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other words, law-abiding gun owners who obey the law would pay their money so an anti-gun entity could further blame us for criminal violence.
Additionally, the measure dictates that gun dealers maintain a written or electronic record of the NICS transaction fee along with a timestamped receipt for at least three years in addition to current regulatory requirements on sales and transfer records. If you have any doubt that such registration has often led to confiscation in the past, check this out.
Bloomberg Pours Another $700,000 Into Virginia Election
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg continues to bankroll gun control. The latest recipients are Virginia Democrats Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring. Northam is running for governor, and Herring is seeking re-election. Both elections have put the Second Amendment squarely on the ballot for Virginians.
Bloomberg’s political arm, Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund, is donating $400,000 to Northam and $300,000 to Herring. These funds are in addition to an earlier $1 million contribution—$700,000 and $300,000 to Northam and Herring, respectively.
Unsurprisingly, Bloomberg’s chosen candidates have received “F” ratings from the NRA Political Victory Fund. NRA-ILA has described Northam as hostile toward our constitutional right to self-defense, and Herring as “one of the most anti-gun lawmakers in Virginia history.” NRA-ILA has endorsed both of their opponents, Republicans Ed Gillespie for governor and John Adams for attorney general.
Texas Woman Trades Gunfire With Armed Home Intruders
Just before 2 a.m. last Thursday, a woman heard a loud banging on her front door, and then a man yelling “SAPD!” That’s when the alarm went off in her head, because she knew her house was protected by the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office, not San Antonio police. So she grabbed her phone and her gun, just in time to hear the back door being kicked in.
KENS-5 TV reports that the homeowner then fired shots from the top of her staircase, while the intruders began firing back—including from the front of the house. The suspects fled the scene and the homeowner is still pulling bullets out of walls, but no one was injured.
She told reporters all she could think of was Michael Robinson, the Universal City homeowner who died after being shot by a teenage intruder the week before. Currently, the suspects are still on the run and the investigation continues.