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No matter how one approaches the figures, one is forced to the rather startling conclusion that the use of firearms in crime was very much less when there were no controls of any sort and when anyone, convicted criminal or lunatic, could buy any type of firearm without restriction.... Half a century of strict controls on pistols has ended, perversely, with a far greater use of this class of weapon in crime than ever before.
Colin Greenwood (more quotes by Colin Greenwood or books by/about Colin Greenwood)
Criminologist, author, former Chief Inspector and Superintendent of West Yorkshire Constabulary
Firearms Control: A Study Of Armed Crime And Firearms Control In England And Wales, p. 243 (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul 1971)