The fact is, restricting the sale and ownership of firearms to the public does not and has not reduced gun crime in any shape or form. The telegraph reported on the 24th of January 2008 that 28 gun related crimes were committed in the UK every day. Gun crime has doubled (In some cases, it has increased almost 7 fold), in the last decade. Why? Because guns have become extremely easy for criminals to procure. The ban on firearms does nothing, but limit the ability of an individual to protect themselves. The police failed to stop the Cumbria shootings. But what if firearms were more available to the public? Who knows how soon Mr. Bird could have been stopped had a member of the public had the ability to do so. The ban prevents people from protecting themselves and their families from intruders. It prevents people from protecting themselves from muggers, from serious assualt. The list goes on.
Obviously, certain weapons NEED to be restricted. There is no need for someone to own automatic rifles for example. But pistols would prove to be invaluable to law abiding citizens. Gun owners would require a license and to register any weapons that they happen to own. Failure to do so should result in serious fines and perhaps imprisonment. All police officers should then be trained in the use of firearms and should be armed while on patrol.
At the end of the day, it seems disgusting that the only people in this country that are unable to protect themselves with a firearm, are the very people who abide by the law. Criminals have an abundant amount of weapons on the streets, and are a terrible threat to ordinary citizens. Restore our right to bare arms. Give citizens the means to protect themselves, their familes and their households.