I want to first thank the CCRKBA (Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms) for this idea! Here’s the original editorial.
Apparently the Telegraph newspaper in Great Britain took a poll (admittedly unscientific) to see what issue from among six the British Parliament should take up this year. The results were astounding: Nearly 90% of those answering said: Restore gun rights to the UK people.
in 1997, the Blair administration severely curtailed gun rights of individuals in the UK in response to a terrible shooting incident in Scotland. Since then, results have been mixed. I am told that home invasions increased and law-abiding persons seeking to defend themselves could be in criminal jeopardy. This finds support in the UKIP 2010 General Election platform:
Rebalance the law to protect residents who seek to defend their own homes, families or property against intruders
Here’s their more detailed version:
10. Householders’ Right of Defence
UKIP is concerned that a number of householders have been charged after physically confronting intruders entering their home. UKIP would reiterate the fact that householders should always presumed innocent when defending themselves, their family or their property from criminals. In addition, UKIP would require all intruders to prove that they had good reason for being in the property in question, and if this was not the case, then this would also be taken into consideration if they were then confronted by the home owner and a court case followed. UKIP deplores the fact that the Conservatives are only prepared to give householders who defend their properties with vague promises of ‘greater protection’. This statement means nothing without specific guarantees. Despite years of debate, they still have no innovative solutions on how to deal with a crime wave which is blighting the lives of millions of people across the country. This is why it is UKIP who are now the party of law and order and not the Conservatives.
UKIP cites an outside source for a doubling of violent crime since 1998:
Over 1 million violent crimes in 2005, double the figure in 1998
(Home Office Research Study http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs/hors217.pdf)
I did not find any statement about gun possession in any more recent UKIP documents (The 2010 manifesto has a disclaimer that it may not be current party policy!) so I think I am safe in saying UKIP has not yet embraced the gun issue. It should. I think it would be a surprising result of support among the British people.