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Britain Should Repeal Gun Laws, says American Gun Law Expert
John M. Snyder -- Gun Law Expert John M. Snyder -- Gun Law Expert
Washington , DC
Monday, June 07, 2010


"In the United Kingdom, Members of Parliament should begin to dismantle Britain's stupid, draconian gun control laws," gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today.

"In addition," he continued, "Americans should tell those who would follow the British system of firearms regulation in this country to go take a hike.

"The recent Cumbria massacre in which suspected gunman Derrick Bird reportedly killed 12 people, including himself, and wounded 25 others, at 30 different locations, shows that these tough gun control laws do not prevent criminal violence. It shows instead that people who may have been armed if the law had not prevented them from being armed were made helpless by the law, in fact victimized because of it."

Snyder said that, "If Members of Parliament have half a brain, they'll consider legislation which will allow British subjects to carry firearms for their own personal protection and for the protection of others.

"If Members of Congress have the interests of their constituents at heart, they'll take up legislative proposals which would recognize national reciprocity for citizens with state-issued permits to carry concealed firearms."

"It is ironic," noted Snyder, "that a popular film currently being shown in Britain and the United States demonstrates what happens when decent people don't have guns and criminal types do. The criminals, who don't give a hoot about gun laws, have guns and the good people don't, and the good are unable to protect themselves from the bad.

"In this movie, Harry Brown, the protagonist, played by Sir Michael Caine, has to resort to taking guns from criminals to have any hope of rectifying this imbalance and bringing about some semblance of justice on London streets."

Snyder said, "Whether it's through actual analysis or fictional drama, the truth is the same. Restrictive gun laws are bad public policy and have to go."

A former National Rifle Association magazine editor, Snyder is Public Affairs Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Treasurer of the Second Amendment Foundation. He serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens.

John M. Snyder
Telum Associates, LLC
Arlington, VA
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