I have long said that Britain is a much more violent place than the US.
Over here, people think that every one in America has a gun and everyone shots someone else with a gun, so it must be like movies about the Wild West. In fact, many American do have guns, most don’t shoot anyone, and most gun crime is done by people who aren’t allowed to have guns in the first place.
Of course no one is allowed to have most guns here. When a a primary school headteacher was jailed for four years for possessing a large number of guns, the judge said, “You had no intention of misusing them nor at any time did you attempt to do so. But you know that the intention of the legislation is to prevent weapons being in circulation.”
Over here, everyone has fists and opposable thumbs to grab objects, so we have stories like the savage beating of Terry Malone by a worthless yob named David Sanderson. In Malone’s words:
Sanderson was banging on the door and then he urinated through the letter box. Eventually after it had been quiet for about half an hour and there was no sign of him outside we let some of the ladies leave.
But as one of them walked across the road Sanderson reappeared and hit her across the face. As we got her back inside her brother who was in the pub went after Sanderson – so I followed.
As the Daily Mail notes: “Police said the attack was so savage every bone was broken in Mr Malone’s face. His lips had to be stitched back together, he lost 12 teeth and he is expected to lose half the sight in his left eye.”
The article was in the newspaper because Sanderson was just sentenced to a minimum six years. That would be half of the average life sentence here.
In the same paper is the story of Ron Sharples who was beaten to death in the early hours of yesterday when he went out to find the family dog which had been scared off by fireworks. He found the dog, but a gang of at least four youths found him before he could get home. So much for a Happy New Year.
Even the weekly local paper has scattering of small stories about unsolved incidents or people who have been to court for violence in each issue. Thanks to 24-hour drinking introducced by the Labour Government, it is only going to continue to get worse.