Have strict gun control laws spared the UK from the violence of American-style riots?
Unlike in the United States, the UK has strict gun licensing laws that rank among the toughest gun control laws in the world. Further, most British policemen do not carry firearms in the course of their duties and need special permission to do so. The result is that while many people have been beaten and demand for baseball bats for personal protection has gone through the roof in England, there's only been minimal gun violence.
However, it’s unclear how strong a connection there is between the two. After all, correlation does not imply causation and it could be strongly argued on the other side that much of the looting has been encouraged because shop owners don’t have guns to deter mobs. But while the United Kingdom’s strict gun control laws may have increased the scale of property damage, it seems likely that they also have reduced the eventual casualty lists as well.
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis: British police officers are deployed during riots in Hackney, east London, on Monday.