There’s been a lot of complete bollocks talked lately about how the UK has turned into Gun Central, making it more or less impossible to pop out to the shops without a Feral Yoof busting a cap in one’s arse.
The most egregious cunt, possibly of all time, is David Davies, who thinks that Jacqui Smith is ‘covering up’ gun crime statistics and that her comment that ‘gun crime is down’ is “an extraordinary claim”. Actually, it’s correct: while gun crime has risen overall since 1998, it fell in 2006/07 compared to 2005/06.
In the real world, the UK saw 58 firearms-related homicides in 2006/07 (that’s a one in a million chance of being shot dead, paranoia fans), and 413 firearms related incidents that resulted in serious injury (that’s a seven in a million chance of being shot and seriously hurt, paranoia fans). The total number of firearms-related deaths and injuries, including trivial ones, was 3,821 (seventy in a million). The overall number of firearms offences, adding in shootings that missed, robberies at gunpoint, people randomly caught with guns and so on, was 9,600 (180 in a million).
The most disturbing thing about the statistics is how utterly shit our hoodlums appear to be. I’m not a brilliant shot, especially with a pistol (the weapon of choice for gun-toting thugs, shotguns being a little conspicuous, sniping being too much effort, and automatic weapons being hard to get hold of). However, in the event that I did want to shoot someone, I’m fairly sure that even I’d stand a greater than 1-in-10 chance of causing them serious injury…
(stats from the Home Office via this useful BBC article)