At Breitbart, How Gun Control Made England The “Most Violent Country in Europe,” by AWR Hawkins.
Gun control in Britain passed in stages, beginning just after World War I and continuing in a reactionary fashion with increasing strictness through the 1990s.
When the final stage arrived in 1997, and virtually all handguns were banned via the Firearms Act, the promise was a reduction in crime and greater safety for the British people. But the result was the emergence of Britain as the “most violent country in Europe.”
Making big decisions on emotion instead of logic usually leads to unwanted results. Banning guns did not eliminate guns and it certainly did not eliminate violent crime, rather it increased it. When it is known that no one has the means of self defense rogues with knives, razor blades, fists and feet, or just superior strength become the de facto neighborhood rulers. Blend this nonsensical state of affairs with multiculturalism and political correctness and you get a Clockwork Orange existence for all who are not rich enough to live in a guarded fortress.
On the afternoon of May 22, 2013, a British Army soldier, Fusilier Drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was attacked and killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London. Killer Michael Adebolajo proceeded to the nearest news camera with his bloody hands holding the butcher knife and the meat cleaver he used to brutally murder Lee Rigby and gave an insanely muddled speech while news crews, citizens and the police stood by helpless. The cops said they were waiting for an armed response unit to arrive because Abebolajo still had a deadly weapon. The cops had no means to defend themselves. Of course, there was no lawfully armed citizen who might have intervened to help the police, or perhaps have helped the unfortunate soldier. This was clearly a crime that could have been stopped only by someone with a gun.
Things are bit different here. Yesterday in Moore, Oklahoma, 30-year-old Alton Nolen had just been fired from his job at Vaughan Foods, a food distribution plant, when he drove to the front of the business, hit a vehicle and walked inside. He walked into the front office area where he met 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and began attacking her with a knife. He stabbed the helpless woman several times, and then severed her head. Nolen then went after 43-year-old Traci Johnson and began attacking her with his knife.
At this point a stark difference between America and Britain came into play. Mark Vaughan, an Oklahoma County reserve deputy and a former CEO of the business, shot Nolan several times as he was actively stabbing Johnson. If Vaughan had not been there, if Vaughan had not had his firearm, Traci Johnson would surely have been stabbed to death. Instead she is at a local hospital in stable condition and is expected to recover from her injuries.
Other workers at Vaughan Foods said Alton Nolen had been trying to convert them to Islam.
If there had been no one present with a gun Nolen would surely have killed Traci Johnson, and probably several others. Nolen picked the wrong state in the wrong country to carry out his savage attack.
When this sort of thing occurs in Britain not even the cops can stop it. They have to stand their ground at a distance waiting for the other cops, the ones with rifles, to show up. The killer even has time to give a bloody news conference. It’s a shameful state of affairs for a once-proud nation that defeated all enemies foreign and domestic for a thousand years until it came to be ruled by a class of feckless politically-correct multicultural pantywaists.