OK_ so most of the shootings, if not all, were/are committed by criminals who get their guns by burglaries into homes or businesses containing guns_ and or smuggle them in from another country.
Properly licensed NI people into England do not engage in gun violence because they are prescreened by the police.
Now the England police do not carry guns…yet they have to deal with criminals with guns.
You indicated that where there are more guns there was less crime.
Why does England not allow the police to defend themselves in dealing with violent felons with guns…or protect the public against this type of gun violence by criminals?
Here's the problem in England… http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/20 ... in-uk.html
as discussed elsewhere.
OK, I’ve argued this question extensively. Here’s the deal:
In the UK, under the law you are permitted to use “reasonable force” to defend yourself or others.
Here’s the rub: Other people after the fact determine what was "reasonable" at the time of the incident.
Possession of anything "with the intent to threaten to cause injury or fear" is verboten – so if you pick up a baseball bat and stand outside your property as a deterrent to rioters, your intent is to "threaten to cause injury or fear" and you're therefore guilty of being in possession of an "offensive weapon."
Apparently you're supposed to wait until you, personally are under physical attack before you can pick up anything with which to defend yourself, and then you are restricted in how you use that item to some "reasonable" level to be determined at some future time when the jurors can reflect calmly on the situation.
Further, as has been explained to the British public, the law does not require the intention to kill for a prosecution for murder to succeed. All that is required is an intention to cause serious bodily harm.
That intention can be fleeting and momentary. But if it is there in any form at all for just a second – that is, if the blow struck was deliberate rather than accidental – you can be guilty of murder and spend the rest of your life in prison.