“A SPECIALIST police anti-gun squad has claimed criminals in a Yorkshire city are dodging detection by forcing ‘vulnerable’ people to store their weapons – after revealing that last year saw a four-fold increase in firearms seizures.” This according to the United Kingdom’s yorkshireeveningpost.com. “The Operation Quartz team – set up in 2009 to combat gun and drug crime in Leeds – confiscated 27 weapons from criminals over the course of 2013, having seized seven the previous year. The figures are predominantly made up of shotguns and sawn-off shotguns, in many cases stolen from legitimate owners.” Twenty-seven? As in twenty more than seven? That is not, it must be said, an awful lot of firearms collected by how many full-time coppers? Not stated. But what it clear is that they’re operating within a police state. Check this . . .
Working in conjunction with covert units, armed officers and neighbourhood policing teams, its tactics include subjecting known offenders who are not in prison to regular visits at home. Those suspected of being involved in firearms crime are warned that they are being watched.
Covert methods include surveillance by under-cover officers and the use of spy cameras.
Since 2009, 140 people have been convicted and sentenced to a combined total of 546 years in prison as a result of Quartz.
Last year was the operation’s most productive to date, with 35 criminals being handed prison sentences totalling 150 years.
Meanwhile, violent crime is up in Yorkshire. Well, it would be if the Yorkshire Police weren’t using “community resolution orders” to massage the stats and lower the reported violent crime rate. Anyway, reported gun-related crimes are down – from 363 in the 12 months to November 2012 to 294 in the following 12 months. “The number of incidents in which a gun was fired also fell, from 54 to 39.”
I know what American gun control advocates would say: we’ll take it! Comparatively speaking. I also know what the victims of these 294 gun-related crimes in the U.K. would say: where’s the Old Bill when you need him? Or: spend more money, violate more liberty, just get rid of these thugs! Both would celebrate the U.K.’s civilian disarmament. Yes well . . .
Detectives admit they are unable to eradicate gun crime entirely. High-profile incidents like the shooting of PC Suzanne Hudson in Headingley last month serve as an illustration of the difficulties they face.
Mr Twiggs said: “What has happened to our colleague recently brings home the fact that it’s very difficult to know who’s holding weapons. Quartz is doing its level best with the intelligence available but to understand the full extent of the problem is very difficult.”
Understand this: police can not completely disarm criminals. Not in a country that has outlawed civilian firearms. Not even on an island that’s outlawed civilian firearms. As long as there are criminals, gun crime will exist.
And as long as there are politically active Americans who understand that they are their own first responders against criminals and the government, the U.S. will not become the U.K. Well, that’s the theory . . .