Having travelled and taught martial arts across Europe and North America, there is one question that repeatedly gets asked.
“What do you think of our gun laws?”
Often, I have no idea of their laws and so learn more than I teach.
But I have spent a lot of time “stateside” lately, I have talked to many gun owners, seen numerous news reports and read a “few” posts on social media about the 2nd Amendment Rights of US citizens.
Now, I don’t want to talk about the politics of another country or presume to know what is right.
But I can talk of history and how things have gone in this country.
We in the UK are held up as a shining beacon, an example for others to follow.
Well, have a read of this, it’s a short history of gun control in the UK.
And before you ask, yes in Scotland we have banned air guns.
You now require a firearm certificate to own one.
And yet we still have gun crime, murders and shootings.
Maybe not to the levels elsewhere but we are a small nation.
Perhaps we should look at the facts:
February 12 Taxi driver Bulent Kabala, 41, shot dead on a roundabout in Enfield
March 8 Kelvin Odunuyi, 19, shot in Wood Green amid escalating gang warfare
March 14 Joseph Williams-Torres, 20, shot dead in a stationary car in Walthamstow
March 25 Abraham Badru, 26, shot in Dalston, East London, without warning
April 2 Tanesha Melbourne, 17, gunned down by drug gang in Tottenham
April 2 Amaan Shakoor, 16, shot in the face outside Walthamstow Leisure Centre
April 9 An armed man was shot dead by police in Romford after threatening people with a gun near a petrol station
Now these are for London alone in 2018, not bad for the capital city of a country with some of the strictest gun laws in the world and let’s not forget it’s own dedicated police force.
Gun crime was in decline up until 2014 but since then has been steadily increasing.
It was reported by the Sun newspaper, that between 2016 and 2017 the number of reported cases went from 2,193 to 2,542.
This was according to figures release by the Metropolitan Police.
In 770 of those cases, a gun was actually fired.
Let that sink in, these figures are only for the London metropolitan area.
According to several research websites, many of the UK police forces gave no response to requests for information.
Consider these facts when you here about the success of our gun control legislation and remember, criminals don’t follow laws.