Wednesday, September 20, 2006
a horror story.
governments have been copying British ideas about dealing with
violent crime for the last 50 years. In Britain, those ideas have
resulted in a national catastrophe--Britain is now "a land fit
for criminals." It is a country where the victims are helpless,
the police are ineffective, and the courts, prosecutors, and
government seem to be on the side of the violent criminal rather than
on the side of the victims. Britain outlawed the possession of any
handgun in 1995--and now has more handgun crime than ever before.
British laws have disarmed British victims--and have been a total
failure at disarming British criminals.
Fraser was a British probation officer for over 25 years, so he got a
first-hand look at how the justice system was dealing with criminals.
He had personally supervised many, many criminals out on parole. He
was horrified at how little success he had had in changing their
criminal behaviour. At first, he probably thought it was his
fault--but he learned that it was the same for all British probation
he was disillusioned enough to spend two years writing A Land Fit
. He submitted it to 60 publishers, and they all
rejected it as "not fitting their list." In fact, one
suspects that those who rejected it were not willing to challenge the
entire British justice system by pointing out that it was not
working. "The Emperor has no clothes on!" is not a message
that can be delivered by cowards.
stepson of the sixty-first publisher had just been murdered in the
street, stabbed by a 20-year-old Jamaican immigrant drug dealer with
a serious criminal record. The Jamaican had been allowed to stay in
Britain because he was "an unemployed painter and decorator"
and a "victim of race prejudice." (In spite of those
difficulties, he was driving a sports car valued at $45,000.)
noted that British police refuse to record about half the crime that
is reported to them, and that only half of British crime is actually
reported to the police. The police also commonly refuse to
investigate the crime that they do record, and refuse to arrest
criminals even when they know them and have overwhelming evidence.
That is apparently because Crown prosecutors commonly refuse to
prosecute, and even when they do prosecute, the sentence will be
trivial. Also, a police officer must fill out 19 forms for each
arrest. There is little motivation left for police officers to even
try to do their duty.
year 2000, the Home Office reprimanded the West Midlands Police Force
for bringing too many arrested criminals into court. The Home Office
recommended issuing "cautions"--warnings that next time the
criminal might be prosecuted. Officially, only minor crimes are
supposed to be dealt with by issuing a caution. In 2000, cautions
were the only punishment imposed for 600 robberies, 4,300 car thefts,
6,600 burglaries, 13,400 offences against public order, 35,400 cases
of violence against the person, and 67,600 cases of other kinds of
theft. In simple terms, 127,900 offenders were given a caution--but
1999 and 2002, a total of 323 prisoners (including 22 murderers)
walked away from Layhill, a British open prison. That's an average of
more than two a week! That was a state secret until a courageous
British M.P. demanded the figures in Parliament--and got them.
"liberal" British newspapers have refused to review or
discuss A Land Fit for Criminals
. Britain has become a land
where dissent and the truth are no longer worthy of public airing, a
land with an almost totalitarian uniformity in what may be said and
what must be suppressed "for the good of the country."
has been the victim of an unholy alliance between bureaucrats and
politicians. They have been dedicated to keeping prison costs to a
minimum. Aided by liberal-minded intellectuals who see crime as the
result of a natural and understandable response to social injustice,
they have made the criminal justice system a system that features
dangerous leniency, lack of deterrence, and terrible effects.
Anthony Rice. He had been raping women since at least 1972, and had
been convicted of raping 15 of them. In 1982, he was convicted of
raping a woman while holding a knife to her throat. In 1987, out of
prison on 'home leave," he raped another woman, pushing her into
a garden, again at the point of a knife, then raping her for an hour.
They gave him a life sentence for that one.. He was transferred to an
open prison in 2002, and then given the status of "low-risk
parolee" two years later--so his "life sentence" was
finished in 25 years. He was then housed in a hostel in a small
village (the villagers were assured that there were no violent
criminals living in the hostel). Five months later, he raped and
murdered Naomi Bryant. The judge sentenced him (again!) to, "life"
imprisonment, with no possibility of parole for 25 years--so he is
still likely to be let out again...
these figures were made public: 1,023 prisoners of foreign origin
were released from prison in the period 1999 to 2006--without being
deported. They included 5 killers, 7 kidnappers, 9 rapists, 39 other
sex offenders, 4 arsonists, 41 burglars, 52 thieves, 93 robbers, and
204 drug offenders. The Home Office, responsible for both prisons and
immigration, admits that most of them will not be found again until
and unless they are caught for another offence.
1999 and 2002, a total of 323 prisoners (including 22 murderers)
escaped from Leyhill open prison just by walking away. That's over
two per week! The figure was a state secret. Only when an M.P.
demanded them in Parliament was it possible to get them out for
publication. And that is wrong.
reported that bureaucrats and liberal intellectuals have worked
sweetly hand-in-hand to ensure that law-abiding victims would be left
as defenceless as possible against the predations of violent
criminals. Methods included hampering and starving the police of
resources, devising punishments that do not punish, hindering
prosecution, constantly reducing sentences, and imposing severe gun
control laws. Methods of gaining public support included reporting
that criminals who were treated lightly were less likely to reoffend
than were those given severe sentences--but that only meant that the
worst criminals (who got those long sentences) were more likely to
reoffend. Severe gun control laws made it impossible for victims to
resist the armed criminals--who simply ignored the gun control laws.
Handgun availability for criminals was not reduced, but handgun
availability for victims became zero.
also reported that despairing police forces were becoming more and
of this sound quite familiar? It should. Canada's bureaucrats and
liberal intellectuals have been copying the British mess for over a
you fed up with our steeply-rising violent crime rates? The do
something about it. Join the National Firearms Association, and help
us stop the rot before it gets any worse. Write a personal letter to
each of: Stephen Harper, PM; Vic Toews, Minister of Justice; and
Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, at House of Commons, OTTAWA
ON, K1A 0A6.
Tell them to stop copying the Brits!!
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