JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2006/03/well-since-crackdown-on-guns-has.html (3 comments)

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jsid-1143650615-356141  Aaron at Wed, 29 Mar 2006 16:43:35 +0000

Some of that has already crept onto our shores.
Paintballers have been calling their airguns "markers" for quite some time now, for PC reasons.

jsid-1143988042-356592  P. Froward at Sun, 02 Apr 2006 14:27:22 +0000

Hmm: The anti-gun-owner pressure group is referred to as a "charity". The pro-airsoft people are called a "pressure group".

But anyway...

The total number of firearm offences in Wales - excluding those involving air weapons - rose from 169 in 2003-2004 to 288 in 2004-2005, according to the Home Office.

In a place the size of Wales, that's not exactly a reign of terror, is it? So: Firstly, the anti-gun-owner people here are inventing an imaginary problem out of thin air, to scare people into supporting repressive laws; secondly, it also doesn't provide much support for the idea that gun control is necessarily going to get you a reign of terror. Or at least not right away.

(Disclaimer: I oppose gun control anyway, whether it reduces crime or not.)

jsid-1144003498-356609  Kevin Baker at Sun, 02 Apr 2006 18:44:58 +0000

P. Froward:

The homicide rate in England & Wales was not much, either. Yet they used Dunblane as an excuse to ram through legislation already sitting on a desk in Parliament to strip legal handgun owners of their property.

It seems that volume has little to do with the question. Change is all.

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