Joe Bruno on the Mob – According to the NRA – “The Banning of Handguns Leads To More Crime.”

No matter what you think about the National Rifle Association (NRA), they are right about this one.

Ever since one nut walked into a school in Dunblane, Scotland and killed 16 children and one teacher, guns have been banned in England. The thinking was that if you take away the access handguns, you reduce crime.

Total nonsense.

A July 3, 2009, Daily Mail article reported that “Britain’s violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European Union. Official crime figures show the U.K. also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa.”

Why? Because the criminals have guns and everybody else doesn’t.

In 1919 the Volstead Act prohibited the sale and distribution of alcohol. The reasoning, by the Woman’s Temperance Movement, was that if you took away the alcohol, less people would become alcoholics.

So what happened?

The underworld moved in, smuggled in bootlegged whiskey, and more people became alcoholics than ever before. Fourteen years later, the Volstead Act was repealed. Fourteen years too late.

Government intervention of this kind just doesn’t work, because if you ban something, organized crime, or disorganized crime for that matter, will find a way to provided the banned item to the segment of the public that wants that item. In the case of guns, that segment of the population are mostly criminals, who will use their illegal guns in the commission of crimes. The average person is afraid of breaking the law by obtaining illegal firearms, so, with no legal guns to protect themselves, they are more susceptible to becoming a victim of a crime.

Bottom line: If you ban firearms from the public, the criminals have guns – honest citizens don’t.

I owned a parking lot in New York City for 27 years. In New York City, it is almost impossible for a person to obtain a license to buy and carry a weapon. Sure celebrities pull stings with politicians and they get carry permits. And if you can show you carry substantial amounts of cash to and from your business per month, you have a slight chance of getting a carry permit. But the last time I checked, about 25 years ago, that amount was $30,000 a month, and you had to have the bank receipts to prove it.

So I never had a gun permit, or an illegal gun, but all the crooks that might want to rob me, did have guns. Thank God I was never robbed, but thousands of other small businesses in New York City have been robbed. And if the owner of a business fired an illegal gun in order to save his own life, or protect his property, guess what happened? They went to jail for possessing an illegal firearm.

Just plain stupid.

I live in Florida now, and crime is increasing by the minute. Not wanting to be a person who gets a gun after he’s been robbed, burglarized, or mugged, I took a mandated state gun course, private guns lessons, and then I applied for my carry permit, which I received. I am now the proud owner of two hand guns: a Glock 17, 9 mm semi-automatic, and a Ruger 38 caliber small carry pistol. The Glock is for home protection, and the Ruger I carry concealed when I leave my house.

And it’s all perfectly legal.

If guns were legal in England, do you think several days of rioting, burning of buildings, and looting of small businesses would have occurred?

Of course not. Punk criminals would have crapped their pants if they saw the owner of the store they intended to rob had a gun pointed at their feeble brains.

The fact is, legal guns decrease crime. Not increase crime.

America has a Second Amendment to the Constitution that allows people to arm themselves to protect themselves. It’s up to each state as to how it distributes gun licenses, and what are the provisions for getting a gun license. Obviously, its easier in some states than other to get a carry permit. Yet states, like Texas for instance, that make it easier for citizens to arm themselves, experience less crime than other states, who make it more difficult to get gun permits. It’s simply a fact.

England has no such Second Amendment law. Guns are illegal. Period.

It’s time England brought itself out of the dark ages and allowed its honest citizens to protect themselves by allowing legal gun possession. Sure, once in a while, some lunatic will go off the deep end and shoot innocent people, but that should not disallow the public of the right to arm themselves to protect themselves from crime.

I’m sure bleeding-heart liberals will disagree with everything I just said. But these same people are notorious for ignoring the facts and basing their actions on supposition, or things as they should be in a perfect world.

Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world.

I hope and pray I will never have to fire my guns, except at the practice range. But I’m prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect myself, my family, and my possessions.

The honest, God-fearing people in England should be allowed to do the same thing.


The article below appeared on the NRA website.

UK Mayhem Leaves Disarmed
Citizens at the Mercy of Criminals

By now you have seen the headlines and images of destruction: the rioting, looting, violent assaults, and arson. London and other UK cities look like war zones and their citizens are afraid to venture out, because the danger is very real. It?s a view of the temporary breakdown of society. It is gut check time; a time when the concept of being able to defend oneself gives way to the stark reality that few viable options to do so exist.

Gun laws in the UK are among the most restrictive in the world. In March of 1996, a deranged man walked into a school in Dunblane, Scotland and killed 16 children and one teacher. In the aftermath of this tragedy, British politicians sought to reduce violent crime by enacting a ban on all handguns. Handgun owners were given a February 1998 deadline to turn in their firearms–and they did. The UK was supposed to become a much safer place–but dramatic increases in crime following the gun ban proved it didn’t.

A July 3, 2009, Daily Mail article reported that “Britain’s violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European Union, it has been revealed. Official crime figures show the U.K. also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa.”


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