“A surge in the availability of handguns is blighting Merseyside’s criminal underworld and intensifying the brutality of gangland disputes,” liverpoolecho.co.uk reports. “Police fear a rise in handgun shootings is making gun crime more lethal due to increased power packed by the weapons compared to shotguns.” Wait. What?
At least four of the 11 shootings on Merseyside in June were carried out with handguns…including the fatal blast that killed Yusuf Sonko.
Shotguns have typically been the weapon of choice for Merseyside’s gun thugs over recent years.
But that was because they were easier to access – thousands of shotguns are legally owned in the north west, typically in rural areas. Those collections have been known to be targeted by thieves looking to sell them on to gangs.
Now, a rise in handguns is raising the stakes among Merseyside criminals.
First of all, everyone knows the UK is gun control heaven on Earth, where criminals are forced to resort to edged weapons, which are far less lethal than firearms. So there weren’t 11 shootings in one month in Liverpool. That sh*t just doesn’t happen. [/sarc]
Second, everyone in the U.S. who knows thing one about guns knows that shotguns are far more lethal than handguns. And that criminals use handguns for their concealability rather than their firepower.
Still, you can’t blame the UK police and press for their ballistic ignorance. I’d bet a steak-and-kidney pie against a thousand pounds (money, not pie) that not one journalist at the Echo or one average Liverpudlian copper has ever even touched a handgun, never mind fired one.
Still, it’s good to know that a total handgun ban doesn’t stop criminals from obtaining them. Just in case an American civilian disarmament advocate decides to hold up The Land of Hope and Gory [sic] as a shining example of gun control Utopia.