The gun debate has been raging throughout the States, but American gun rights advocates aren’t the only ones shouting for fewer gun restrictions. Across the pond, a new poll has found that gun rights is a hot topic for British subjects.
The Telegraph asked readers to submit issues that they think deserves debate in the British legislature, and then they asked readers to vote on which topic interested them the most. The results were rather surprising – a staggering number of British citizens picked gun rights as the most important issue.
The official results are:
· Close child maintenance loophole: 1%
· Term limit on prime ministers: 2.5%
· Ban spitting: 3%
· Greening of public spaces: 3%
· A flat tax: 10%
· Repeal the ban on handguns: 80%
Clearly, gun rights stick out. Colliemum, the user who submitted the topic, offered some insight into the concerns of the everyday British citizen when she asked, "After all, why should only criminals be 'allowed' to possess guns and shoot unarmed, defenceless citizens and police officers?"
Handguns were banned back in 1997, and ever since then there has been a steady rise in the amount of violent crime. The frequency of gun crimes went up by 89% between 1999 and 2009. Of course, it’s difficult to determine whether the spike in violence is because of the gun ban or because of some other issue.
Regardless of what caused it, British citizens want to be able to defend themselves from the spike in gun violence, and they won’t be able to do that until the British legislature addresses the handgun ban.
The only question that remains is whether or not members of the British legislature are paying attention. Lawmakers are under no obligation to respond to the Telegraph poll, but based on such strong numbers a strong pro-gun platform could be enough to solidify a legislator’s popularity in the eyes of his constituents. With so much pro-gun support in Great Britain, could gun control be on its way out?