Gun Crime Soars in England Where Guns Are Banned

Gun crimes continue to soar in England where guns are banned.
Towhhall reported:

Since NBC sportscaster Bob Costas gave us an anti-gun lecture two weeks ago during Sunday Night Football, we’ve heard a lot from progressives like Juan Williams, Bob Beckel and anti-gun advocacy groups about how countries in Europe with strict gun control laws don’t have problems with gun crime. We’ve also heard the reason the United States has a “gun crime problem” is because we allow citizens to own handguns however, the numbers on violent crime committed using a gun tell a different story.

New data out from the UK, where guns are banned, shows gun crime has soared by 35 percent.

The Government’s latest crime figures were condemned as “truly terrible” by the Tories today as it emerged that gun crime in England and Wales soared by 35% last year.

Criminals used handguns in 46% more offences, Home Office statistics revealed.

Firearms were used in 9,974 recorded crimes in the 12 months to last April, up from 7,362.

It was the fourth consecutive year to see a rise and there were more than 2,200 more gun crimes last year than the previous peak in 1993.

“Pure Racism”: O’Reilly Fires Back At Jason Whitlcok

While you may not have known the name Jason Whitlock before this month, chances are the name rings a bell. That’s because Whitlock is the FoxSports.com columnist quoted by Bob Costas last Sunday when Costas said that if Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher didn’t have a gun he and his girlfriend would still be alive. After that column, Whitlock also accused the NRA of being the new KKK. And that caught the attention of Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly. Now, the two are engaged in a war of words.

On Friday, Whitlock took some shots at O’Reilly, who Whitlock said had invited him on the show to defend his KKK remarks. Whitlock, however, wasn’t having any of it and infused racial references, implying O’Reilly was some type of overlord asking Whitlock to “dance” for him.

From his column:

This issue is so dead in this country that the flag-waving, right-wing entertainment media have to drag up a non-political, non-voting sports columnist and a talented sports broadcaster as their straw men to justify their phony outrage. I don’t think I’ll be called before the Senate to speak on any toothless gun-control legislation the NRA lobby lets slip through a crack.
But it appears I was summoned to testify before Speaker of The Big House Bill O’Reilly, the FOX News entertainer. O’Reilly is fixated on the mistake I made on the Tom Joyner show. O’Reilly spent part of his Tuesday show telling his viewers that I was afraid to come on “The Factor” and discuss my views on the NRA, the Second Amendment and gun culture.

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Your Honor, The Gun Made Me Do It!

“Chiefs Player Shoots Girlfriend Then Kills Self At Arrowhead Team Facility” is the headline on the Huffington Post for this story about the murder of Kasandra Perkins and the suicide of her murderer, Jovan Belcher. Although subtle in Huff’s headline, it was the shooting part of this story instead of the murdering part that was more important to portray given their Progressive/Liberal bias. Notice, after the shooting part, they say “.. Then Kills Self…” instead of: ..Then Shoots Self… Or, why not: Chiefs Player Kills Girlfriend… Or, why not: Chiefs Player Murders Girlfriend Then Commits Suicide… This would have been the most correct way to phrase this headline. However, they carefully phrased the headline to bring attention to gun violence, especially gun violence against women by men, regardless of the fact that Belcher used gun violence against himself too.

Once again, the Progressive/Liberal anti-gunners are “Johnny on the spot” with stomping on our Second Amendment rights using this tragedy (“never let a good tragedy go to waste”) to foster their anti-gun sentiments. Bob Costas wasted no time by editorializing during a football game Sunday evening about gun violence, instead of doing what he was paid for. Gayle Trotter in her Daily Caller (12/5/12) piece, “Jovan Belcher, Bob Costas and theories of causation” says: – http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/05/jovan-belcher-bob-costas-and-theories-of-causation/ — “When Costas took to the airwaves with his commentary, did he blame out-of-wedlock childbirth? Did he blame the demise of marriage? Did he blame cohabitation or domestic violence? Did he blame alcohol? Did he blame illegal drugs? Did he blame NFL culture or the game itself? Indeed not. Costas said, “If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today,” quoting from an editorial.

Hey Bob! Listen up Dodo! Did it ever occur to you that if Perkins also had a gun, both she and Belcher would probably be alive today? Well, at least Perkins might.

Costas and all the rest neglect to discuss the other more important issues at hand such as: brain trauma, domestic violence, and the influence of alcohol and drugs (including possibly those of the performance enhancing variety). The headline in Amanda Marcotte’s, December 4th, Slate.com piece says: – http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2012/12/04/jovan_belcher_murder_suicide_don_t_blame_football_brain_trauma_for_the_crime.html — “Don’t Blame Brain Trauma for Jovan Belcher’s Crime.” So, she doesn’t. Although she gives domestic violence a twirl, she instead sides with Katie Halper, a comedic actor (and apparent gun violence expert?) at Feministing.com, that it was the gun’s fault. She also spices up the piece with several bogus gun violence stats, among one or two that are true. Problem is that many of these stats she quoted are several years old and do not take into account the recent significant increase of gun ownership and persons, in the thirty plus “Right to Carry” States whom have obtained permits/licenses to carry a loaded gun – this writer being one. When we take this into account we see violent crime decreasing as the number of guns, gun owners and persons legally carrying a firearm, increasing. In States that have instituted “Right to Carry” there is also a statistically significant decrease in violent crime.

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Jovan Belcher’s Girlfriend Should Have Had Her Own Gun

The National Rifle Association and guns in general have taken a lot of media criticism in the wake of last weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend.

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre pushed back Thursday telling USA Today Sports, “The one thing missing in that equation is that woman owning a gun so she could have saved her life from that murderer.”

Countering claims made by NBC’s Bob Costas as well as Kansas City sportswriter Jason Whitlock, LaPierre said, “There is no gun culture in the NFL. You’ve got good Americans who love to play sports, who are disciplined, who are responsible, and they’re no different from any other Americans.”

“Owning guns is a mainstream part of American culture and it’s growing every day,” he continued. “We’ve got to stop making excuses. A murderer is a murderer.”

LaPierre made similar comments in an NRA News video posted at the organization’s website Monday hammering Costas for “trying to piggy-back his agenda on the back of this national tragedy and spew it all over America.”

He also maintained that Costas “wouldn’t have said a thing [Sunday] night if this woman had saved her life, by having a firearm available, from Jovan Belcher.”

See the video here.

Michael Wilbon is an Ignorant Fool

During ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” co-host Michael Wilbon verbally gave NBC Sports’ Bob Costas “a standing and loud ovation” for his stance on gun control.

Costas used his platform during Sunday Night Football to lecture his audience about his views on gun control following the shocking murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Javon Belcher. Costas read from sports columnist Jason Whitlock’s column in which he advocates for stronger gun control and suggests that no one would have died if there wasn’t a gun involved.

“Bob Costas, I want to give a standing and loud ovation to Bob Costas for his stance on gun control,” Wilbon said.

“And I don’t care who is watching this show and angry at me for bringing this up. Because there is too much happy talk around sports and this is not a happy issue,” he added. “I want to applaud Jason Whitlock for his stance and Bob Costas for repeating it and bravo to them for doing so.”

Wilbon’s co-host Tony Kornheiser avoided taking sides on the gun control debate and got right back into the initial question regarding whether the Kansas City Chiefs should’ve played their Sunday game following Belcher’s death.

See more stupidity here.

S.E. CUPP GETS INTO HEATED DEBATE WITH CO-HOST OVER BOB COSTAS’ GUN CONTROL RANT: ‘ABSOLUTELY ABSURD’

During Monday’s edition of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, TheBlaze’s S.E. Cupp blasted NBC Sports’ Bob Costas for lecturing his audience about gun control during Sunday Night Football, calling it a “shameful” and “irresponsible” act. Costas was responding to Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s recent murder-suicide.

Cupp sparred with fellow co-host Steve Kornacki over whether guns or individuals are to blame for such tragedies, particularly involving domestic disputes.

“When we’re talking about the weapons, we’re not talking about domestic violence,” Cupp said. “And that does a huge disservice to a woman who is in that situation.”

Cupp said it was irresponsible for Costas to tell “millions of NFL viewers that they have permission to blame guns instead of the person who pulled the trigger.” She went on to say that giving an “inanimate object” human capabilities is “absolutely absurd.”

Costas, reading from sports columnist Jason Whitlock’s column, said:

“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.”
“Bob Costas has, I think, done something shameful and irresponsible and is going to have some blood on his hands if we continue to talk about the wrong problem, what is not the problem: handguns,” Cupp said.

Kornacki jumped in and immediately attempted to discredit Cupp’s argument.

“I wish you’d grapple with some of the statistics that are out there, S.E., before you say something like that,” Kornacki replied.

Read more here.

NBC’s Bob Costas Blames NFL Murder-Suicide on Guns

NewsBusters reported Saturday the tragic murder-suicide involving a Kansas City Chiefs’ football player and his girlfried.

During halftime of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Bob Costas chose to lecture America about how guns were to blame for the incident.

BOB COSTAS: Well, you knew it was coming. In the aftermath of the nearly unfathomable events in Kansas City, [unintelligible] sports clichés was heard yet again: something like this really puts it all in perspective. Well, if so, that sort of perspective has a very short shelf-life since we will inevitably hear about the perspective we have supposedly again regained the next time ugly reality intrudes upon our games.

Please, those who need tragedies to continually recalibrate their sense of proportion about sports would seem to have little hope of ever truly achieving perspective. You want some actual perspective on this?

Well, a bit of it comes from the Kansas City-based writer Jason Whitlock with whom I do not always agree, but who today said it so well that we may as well just quote or paraphrase from the end of his article.

“Our current gun culture,” Whitlock wrote, “ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.”

“Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football, will be analyzed. Who knows?”

Read more here.

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