Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Robbin' Hood: Nottingham's Gun Problem

The BBC is reporting that the city of Nottingham is fighting a perception of being the murder capital of the UK due to gun violence.

I'm very interested in gun regulation and thus I read with interest all of the articles in the BBC and Guardian on gun crime in the UK.

The issues in the US are different because of the curious development of the second amendment and the plethora of firearms readily available to US citizens.

The UK has banned private ownership of firearms, but they still struggle with crimes committed with knives as well as pellet rifles and homemade zip guns.

If you want to read more, the Guardian has a special report on gun violence in the UK as well as one on gun violence in the US.

Gun violence has been on the increase in the UK in recent years, fueled partly by drug cartels and partly by lots of cheap weapons on the black market after the end of the civil war in the Balkans.

The city of Nottingham in particular has developed a reputation for gun crime that they are working hard to change.
Last year the city council appointed a "reputation manager" to help fight a perception that Nottingham had become blighted by gun-toting criminal gangs.

Gun crime is an issue in Nottingham in the wake of a series of high profile shootings, including the murder in October 2004 of [a Catholic schoolgirl killed in a drive-by shooting]....

Powerful crime families were said to dominate areas of Nottingham, with turf wars between rival drug gangs one of the main reasons for the rising crime levels.

At one stage Nottinghamshire Chief Constable Steve Green, admitted his force was "struggling to cope" with the increase in violent crime and suggested it might have to "farm out" murder investigations to other forces - although he later retracted his remarks. |BBC|

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