2012 - FEBRUARY REVIEW
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
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
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
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
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
graph demonstrates, many robberies take place with guns that may not
contain bullets -- yet the fear they instill is, of course, considerable
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.
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
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).
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.
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