And keep in mind that I'm mainly talking about England and Wales, not really any other part of the UK.
Now, I've seen lots of British people claim that there are no guns in their country, civilians aren't allowed to have guns, or at least don't know where to buy guns. I even found a denier in one instance. If you want to see the examples, just ask for them in the comments and I'll show you.
But of course, this is simply ignorance from people who were hardly taught the laws of their country, let alone the not all that well known and rather repressed gun culture (it's not as badly repressed as, say, Singapore, but people are still not as gun positive as, say, Wyoming).
First off, civilians over a certain age can own airsoft guns, deactivated guns, pellet guns (14 years for ownership, 18 for purchase), and even blank guns with virtually no restriction (just don't have a court order prohibiting you from owning firearms).
Airguns can be found in places such as https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%2212+ft%2Flbs%22+spring+site%3Awww.pellpax.co.uk&atb=v33-4__ and http://www.armex.co.uk/ .
Laws in Northern Ireland:
How common are illegal firearms (note the video below is rather political).
For more information, go to the video itself on YouTube and look in the description.
Why is all of this information important? Because I am sick and tired of seeing ignorance all around the world. I simply want people to, whenever they make an opinion, be properly informed so they can make the right opinion. If we are swayed by pure emotion, there will be a disaster. If you want me to elaborate, feel free to ask in the comments.
It would be very nice if this onto the front page of the BBC, Guardian, and Telegraph.
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I also want you to really rethink how strict your country's gun control laws really need to be. Do you think that a single-shot air rifle with 12.1 ft/lbs of energy, or a .22BB cap rifle or a .32 caliber squirrel musket deserves to be in the same category with the Section 1 rifles, shotguns, pseudo-handguns and black-powder revolvers that I mentioned?
Also, do you really think that a smoothbore matchlock musket reproduction or a smoothbore .22 shotgun should be as tightly restricted as, say, a semi-automatic shotgun that holds 2+2 rounds?
Or this (with NO rifling).
. Semi-automatic 10 shot rifles (as that using a "pistol" magazine in a rifle is perfectly legal).
. .50 cal 5-shot semi-automatic rifles:
And this is all unregistered.
This is just something to think about.