US should copy the UK on gun control reform

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Opinion

February 20, 2019 - 10:41 AM

The popular British TV series, “Midsomer Murders,” gives insight into how gun violence in the United States might decrease if the United Kingdom’s model of firearms control were considered.

In the series, two detectives solve numerous murders rarely caused by gunfire — stabbings, strangulation, even immolation. The two inspectors carry no weapons and seldom call “armed uniforms,” a reference to officers with guns. Whenever a gun is used, it invariably comes from a locked cabinet.

Today, private ownership of firearms is permitted in the UK with strict licensing, primarily for use in hunting and shooting clubs. That doesn’t extend to handguns, except in very special cases and with extreme background checks.

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