You want fries with that?
Fr. Jim Tucker merely points out on his blog dappled things that since the handgun ban was enacted in the UK, gun crime rates have gone up. Onthesideofangels goes all weepy comparing gun violence between the US and UK ... thereby ENTIRELY missing the point, that societies should logically compare themselves TO themselves before and after a gun grabbing law has been enacted. Otherwise, OTHER variables are too diverse to allow for any semblance of comparison. Capisce? Has gun violence gone up in the UK since the gun grabbing draconian laws were enacted? Yes. That's all he was saying.
Why on the side of angels suggests that Fr. Tucker "get thee to a confessional" for merely stating the truth is a puzzlement. One I'm not going to particularly worry about, as I've found hoplophobes fairly irrational when discussing gun grabbing.
Also see Fr. Ray Blake's recent post. Although Fr. Blake is calmer, for some reason has decided to post Fr. Erik Richsteig's photo without mention that it's Fr. Erik, rather than Fr. Jim Tucker. This is the post which triggered our British brothers (and I expect a few sisters) to faint dead away. If I was attending Fr. Erik's church, I don't think I'd try changing out a $10 for a $20 when the collection plate rolls around.
As it should be intuitively obvious to the most casual of observers, criminals tend to not follow the law. When John and Suzie Sheeple turn in their guns "Wanting to do the right thing" it is axiomatic that Bob the Criminal now has two people who are less likely to be able to defend themselves. Easy marks.
In the US, where liberal loon gun grabbers have cowed the populace into bending over and grabbing their ankles, crime rates are higher. You'd have to be an idiot to think Washington DC is safer because there is a handgun ban. Where guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns is a general truism.
See this Death of Gun Control graphic to see an interesting graphic as gun control laws apply to the U.S.
By contrast states and localities with the MOST easy access to guns have a lower crime rate, after they've loosened them. Where states have LOOSENED the gun laws, crime rates have fallen.
For the criminal element "gun free zones" are "target rich environments." In Vermont, there is no permit required at all to carry a concealed handgun. Surprise, surprise. Vermont also has the LOWEST rate of gun crime. Kinda keeps the crims on their toes when they don't know who's armed and who isn't.
Ben and Jerry's cows know it too.