Several Injured At Party Shooting...In The UK

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It seems like pretty much any Monday over the last year will feature at least one report of a shooting at some party somewhere in the United States. Parties seem to have become a favorite target of gang members and really anyone else who is holding a grudge.

Incidents like those prompt many gun control advocates to step up their efforts. They want more stringent gun control and these shootings are why. After all, in their minds, with sufficient gun control, these kinds of things will come to an end, right?

Well, here we are. It’s another Monday, and I’m about to share a story about a shooting. Only this one doesn’t advance the gun control narrative.

Multiple people have been hospitalised following shooting at an engagement party in inner-city Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) reported “a number of people presenting themselves at hospital with apparent gunshot wounds” shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday following an incident in the Longsight area of the multicultural city.

“Four people attended hospital in total, one man aged 54 is being treated for serious injuries to his arm and another 48-year-old man is in a serious condition and has undergone surgery,” the force confirmed in an official statement.

“A 27-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were also injured, it is unclear whether this is a result of a gunshot, debris from the discharge or from the disturbance at the scene,” they added, noting that another 16-year-old has been discharged from hospital.

While details of the incident are still emerging, GMP have disclosed that “It appears the group had been at an engagement party at an address on Birch Hall Lane in Longsight where a large amount of people had gathered,” and that it seems that “at some point, shortly before 1 a.m. an altercation took place, possibly in the garden, and it’s been reported five gun shots were fired.”

The force also “received a report of a car on its roof on Thoresway Road, Longsight” shortly before 2 a.m. but is yet to establish a definitive link between this discovery and the shooting.

Now, let’s remember that the UK has some pretty strict gun control laws in place. Private ownership of firearms exists, but might as well not considering all the rules revolving around having them. No one has ready access to a firearm lawfully, which is precisely what gun control activists seem to want here in the United States.

Fat lot of good it did, too.

See, what people need to understand is that gun control laws don’t disarm criminals. It never has. They’re going to get firearms no matter what you try, as evidenced by what just happened in this instance. Someone got a gun and had it on their person for whatever reason. It’s highly unlikely they did so lawfully since that kind of thing just doesn’t happen in the UK.

Now, people were shot and no one had any opportunity to defend themselves. It remains to be seen whether they’d have been able to anyway, but they were denied the opportunity to even try.

That’s where UK-style gun control will take us. It won’t stop shootings. It’ll just make damn sure the only people bleeding are those targeted by the criminals. It doesn’t stop bad guys, it stops anyone they cross from being able to fight back.

England has pretty much every advantage you can name. They’re an island without easy access to most other nations. The borders they share are part of the same united kingdom with basically the same laws. Access to the island is relatively limited with only one real tunnel between them and the mainland. Even there, other nations have similar gun laws which are enforced as well as any government can.

If they can’t keep guns out, what makes you think we’d be able to do it with a porous southern border that has allowed drugs and people to flow across for decades?

No, if this shooting does anything, it should tell people just how gun control simply doesn’t work as advertised.