A BBC reporter appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and was completely shocked as to why the U.S. government has not already banned guns; just as the U.K. did back in the 1990s.
Katty Kay was brought on to talk about the Queen’s Jubilee, and Joe Scarborough used the BBC reporter to tell viewers that every single British person he knows continues to ask him “what’s wrong with you Americans and your guns?”
“The contrast, and it’s between the United States and Great Britain, is so striking, considering we share so much in common,” Scarborough then continued, and added that “But in this one area, it’s just — the difference is just shocking, isn’t it?”
Kay agreed, saying that: “this is making it very hard for allies of America, friends of America, people who love this country as I do, who’ve lived here for very long, to defend the country at the moment, when every single morning, we wake up and there is another mass shooting.”
She went on to say: “we keep getting asked, what is going on in that country? Why can’t they fix this? In the UK, you know this, Joe, they fixed it.”
Kay claimed that: “It was a conservative government that fixed the United Kingdom’s gun problem in 1980 after a mass shooting. They banned assault weapons.”
“In the 1990s, they banned handguns after one school shooting. It’s all it took, in Dunblane, Scotland, and the United Kingdom banned handguns. It now has amongst the lowest rate of gun deaths of any westernized countries,” the reporter added.
Kay claimed that “No other Western country tolerates this.”
Despite her claims, FBI statistics show that violent crime has gone down by 49% in the United States, and those states that have the lowest gun restrictions have the lowest crime rates in the country. Dr. John Lott has stated that over 94% of mass shootings take place in gun free zones, and over 92% of violent crimes are not committed with guns.