2012 - FEBRUARY REVIEW

 

See February Incidents or February Decisions for full list.

 

Gun Deaths - At least two people's lives were taken by a firearm in England, Scotland and Wales during February, and at least two more men died after altercations with armed police. A further three convictions were handed for charges related to gun homicide during the two months. Click to view Gun Deaths.

 

The only apparent gun homicide took place in Turnpike Lane, north London where the victim was allegedly shot with a handgun.

 

A man was found dead due to apparent suicide in Norfolk, while an inquest this month confirmed an earlier suicide in Lincolnshire. Both men used shotguns to kill themselves.

 

Murder convictions were handed to a man who was been jailed for life for shooting and killing two men in Cornwall, and to a trio of perpetrators (two men and one woman) who murdered a man in West Midlands with a shotgun.

 

Assaults causing Fear and non-fatal Injury

 

Most firearms assaults in England involve guns being used to threaten individuals, usually for the sake of robbery, while the fear of gunfire is also evident when citizens call police to report gun shots. Guns used to threaten people in the UK are usually identified as an 'imitation gun' (see explanation) or as unidentifiable, since it's difficult to distinguish -- especially for witnesses and victims of gun violence. See this chart of combined new incidents and rulings during the month for prior arrests for June, July, September, October and November 2011 and January and February 2012 (data not available for August and December 2011):

 

 

As the graph demonstrates, many robberies take place with guns that may not contain bullets -- yet the fear they instill is, of course, considerable and undeniable.

 

Although imitation and airguns are legal in Britain, such guns are also responsible for many of the gun injuries, to both humans and animals. Airguns are used with ruthless frequency to attack animals, including at least five incidents resulting in death and six times resulting in injury during February. See Airgun Incidents page for a catalogue of animal attacks.

 

In many assaults in Britain involving a gun that result in severe injury, the armed individual clubs, or 'pistol-whips,' the victim. These are frequently imitation firearms, but the perpetrator is able to capitalise on the fear of a victim who is facing imminent danger of being shot. In fact, this traumatic experience is more common in England, Scotland and Wales than non-fatal shootings. The following chart demonstrates combined new incidents and rulings during June, July, September, October, November, January and February for gun attacks causing non-fatal injury to people:

 

 

 

 

GCN is committed to gun violence prevention, and we work to pursue that objective through adjustments to the legal system. Ultimately, legally obtained guns in every country tend to find their way into the wrong hands, whether it's through theft, or simply the wrong people being given a license (see Domestic Violence incidents).

 

Especially concerning are the use of shotguns (often licensed to unsafe individuals or stolen), air guns (low-powered guns are legal and high-powered ones can be licensed) and realistic imitation guns (legal to possess but not to trade/manufacture). We will compile a month-by-month table to document the number of new incidents involving these weapons, as well as 'unknown' weapons for the reasons listed above.

 

 

June

July Sept Oct Nov Jan

Feb 

Shotgun 19 10 15 17 10 18 19
Air gun 28 30 21 27 16 16 18
Imitation gun 13 17 13 18 8 7 14
Unknown 40 56 55 40 39 44 38

 

 

 

 

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