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Welp, looks like we didn't need to give everyone a gun after all.
Gun crime rise 'has peaked'
Firearms offences up 3%, Home Office reports, but figures reveal rate is slowing and survey shows violent crime falling
Alan Travis, home affairs editor Friday October 17, 2003 The Guardian
The explosion in gun crime in England and Wales appears to have passed its peak and has been falling since last November, according to Home Office figures published yesterday.
The official figures show that there were 10,250 firearms offences in the 12 months to March 2003, a 3% rise over the year compared with a 35% increase the previous year.
The detailed Home Office figures suggest that the increase in gun crime peaked in autumn 2001 and has been falling since November 2002.
The figures show that shots were fired in 17% of the incidents involving firearms. Last year 80 people were killed in shootings, compared with 95 the year before. Nearly 400 people were seriously injured.
While the increase in gun crime appears to have levelled off, the crime figures recorded by police show a 9% increase in violent crime in the year to June 2003, including a 12% rise in violence against the person, and a 5% increase in sex offences. But there was a 7% fall in robberies.
By contrast, the more authoritative British Crime Survey, which is based on interviews with 36,000 people about their experience of crime, shows that violent crime fell by 5% over the same period. The risk of becoming a victim of violent crime is unchanged, at about one in 25.
A Home Office spokesman said that the overall level of violent crime remained stable and much of the rise in recorded violent crime was due to better reporting and logging of low-level thuggery as well as more willingness by victims to report sexual assault.
The two sets of figures show a slightly different picture for the overall crime rate for England and Wales. The police figures show the rate unchanged, while the BCS records a 5% fall. Both show that burglaries and car crime are continuing to fall, with one in four of the adult population at risk of becoming a victim of such crime each year - about the same as in 1981.
"The risk of a fatal shooting in England and Wales is still one of the lowest in the world, but every crime involving a firearm is a serious concern and every life lost to gun crime is a terrible tragedy."
Is the personalownership of firearms allowed in the UK? If so, what are the restrictions?
Thuggery, hah thats a funny word. I charge thee with thuggery, guvnah!
-------------------- In response to an attack killing 15 American Servicemen
Just give em a little more time, the iraqis are making great progress. And this is unorganized. Wait till they get organized.
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