Thursday, December 6

UKIPs shameful stance on gun control

A notable victory in tackling gun crime was sealed last week when the European Parliament agreed a deal with the Council of Ministers on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.

This will ensure that all weapons are marked and recorded to help police trace weapons to those who legally bought them; include convertible weapons in European countries' gun control laws; and ensure that people with violent crime convictions are not able to buy guns.

It would be naïve and inaccurate to claim that this law will mark an end to all gun crime, but it is a damn good start. The Association of Chief Police Officers has strongly supported the legislation.

The inclusion of convertible weapons is particularly good news for the UK. While the UK has the strictest standards on gun control in the EU, at present, it is possible to buy guns which fire, for example, blanks or gas, and then smuggle them into the UK where they are modified to fire live bullets. Indeed, nearly half the weapons seized by police in Manchester are conversions.

So there you have it, a measure that will cut crime in the UK, raise standards across the EU towards those in the UK, bring the EU Member States into line with the UN Protocol on Firearms and was endorsed by every political party and group in the European Parliament and the police - but not UKIP.

No doubt UKIP will try to defend their stance with their brand of usual witless sophistry, but would it really hurt their pride just to admit that, in this case, the 27 EU countries and 98% of MEPs got it right and UKIP were wrong?

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Instead of attacking UKIP all the time why don't you just accept that they are now on your side and leave it at that. The marine directive issue makes that clear.

Anonymous said...

Instead of worrying about a trivial issue like gun control, why don't you deal with important matters such as the boy Nigel's disgraceful treatment recently at the hands of the nasty BBC? According to a UKIP insider (what a thing to be!), when Nigel was on Question time recently the producer wouldn't speak to him and worse still the presenter was off hand with the great leader. Shocking.

Anonymous said...

The Marine Directive is one thing but please remember that there is already the commitment to reform rather than abolition of the the Common Agricultural Policy. Commissioner Faradge anyone?

Anonymous said...

I'm a UKIP branch chairman and I'm very much pro-gun. I feel strongly that ordinary citizens have a God given right to "keep and bear arms". I think it's every adult male's responsibility to keep and maintain a firearm (assault rifle and at least 500 rounds of ammunition) at home. I hope we are able to do this when we are rid of the criminals in No 10. That's just my personal opinion.

Let's remember that tyranny is the norm, so good, honest citizens need to be able to defend the nation against enemies foreign (EU, UN etc) and domestic (Lib-Lab-Con etc), to steal a US phrase.

Liberty said...

I suppose the writer of this article doesn't think people should be able to defend themselves, their families and their property.

Yes, let's rely on the government to protect us...

Just give the rapists what they want and they won't kill you, if you're lucky....

I say give them a .38 bullet to the head.