Originally Posted by ant1999e
Culture of violence: Gun crime goes up by 89% in a decade
Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour
came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.
The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year - a rise of 89 per cent.
In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.
In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled.
Firearm offenses include all reported incidents....including carrying a replica or simply carrying a weapon. But guns are very slowly entering communities, mostly carried by adolescences.
Also from 2009:
Britain records 18% fall in gun deaths
The number of deaths in Britain from gunshot wounds has fallen to a 20-year low despite concerns about levels of violent crime.
Most of the 42 gun-related deaths last year took place in London, the West Midlands, Manchester or Merseyside, with swathes of the country recording no homicides, suicides or accidental deaths from firearms. One third of the victims were younger than 21 and four of them were female. The Gun Control Network, which campaigns for tougher restrictions on firearms, disclosed the figure, which was a sharp drop on 2007, when 51 gun-related deaths were recorded in England, Wales and Scotland.
42 gun deaths? Long way to go to catch up with the 9000 here.