The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year - a rise of 89 per cent.
In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.
In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled.
The statistic will fuel fears that the police are struggling to contain gang-related violence, in which the carrying of a firearm has become increasingly common place.One wonders where all these firearms come from in a country that had large-scale gun confiscation as a government policy.
Oh, yes, I forgot: the government can only confiscate legal guns, because it generally cannot find the illegal ones.