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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Brits begin push for gun rights

Poll Suggests Brits Want Handgun Ban Debate in Parliamentby Dylan Polk

We Yanks like to give the United Kingdom a hard time every once in a while for the country’s oppressive gun laws. While we have the inalienable right to own handguns for home protection, Brits aren’t afforded that freedom.
But if we’re to believe a recent poll by the British media, the Queen’s subjects may be pushing for a change in the nation’s firearms policies.
The British newspaper The Telegraph recently posted an online poll to determine which issue citizens would like to see debated in Parliament’s House of Commons.
According to The Telegraph, “Under Commons rules, any MP can introduce a bill, but only a few are ever debated. The ballot to decide which members get time for such debates was held on Thursday. James Wharton, the MP for Stockton South, came top of the ballot. … Now, it is over to you—vote below for the Bill you’d like to see debated in the Commons.”
Rounding up a list of six ideas proposed by readers—including term limits on Parliament members, a flat tax and even a ban on spitting in public—is a repeal of the U.K.’s ban on private handgun possession, a result of the Firearms Act of 1997.
The reasoning sounds awfully familiar:
 “After all, why should only criminals be ‘allowed’ to possess guns and shoot unarmed, defenseless citizens and police officers?” 
That’s a good point, one we’ve heard countless times from Americans countering the latest wave of gun control proposals across the states.
So how was that proposal received across the pond? Better than you’d think, actually; as of this post, the proposal has garnered 8,174 of 10,095 total votes—that’s 80.97 percent. While it’s tough to say a majority of citizens in the U.K. want their guns back, these numbers surely indicate that the debate is one worth having no matter where you live.


1 comment:

  1. I find this an interesting about face.

    I think the soldier being killed in London and the fact that it took 15+ minutes for the police to get there may have had something to do with it.

    I wonder how this will develop.