Funny how so few people in the UK seem to understand how little banning guns changed anything. Politicians may have biased voting with empty promises, but ...
Right after Dunblane, the police removed ammunition from Michael Ryan's house for which he had no licence; They also removed a .22 rifle, illegally converted to full automatic for which he couldn’t even get a licence if he tried. Even if he had no legal firearms, he would still have been able to do the same thing.
Shortly after these fabled bans, a well-known TV presenter was stalked and shot dead on her doorstep with a 9mm handgun (yes, after the gun ban). When questioned on TV about this, a former Police Chief Constable remarked to the effect that in any major city in the UK it was still possible to illegally obtain such a pistol within just a few hours.
A Scottish Police Chief also remarked that they were recovering dozens of handguns a week in some areas, none of which were ever licenced (and no, these weren’t converted starter pistols, they were real firearms).
There were also subsequent reports of gang shootouts in london leaving dead bodies in cars or back alleys around clubs. Seems some people still didn't have much trouble getting hold of guns.
In short, nothing changed!
Criminals to this day still obtain guns without any problem. One post-ban report even cited police collecting CS gas canisters, SMGs, and even fragmentation grenades from high end criminal gangs. Good for the police, bad news for the politicians who suggested that a gun ban would make the country safer who had trouble explaining this!
And still we see politicians trying to ban human nature, not to mention trying to make it illegal to be in posession of software security tools in the hope of deterring hackers (which just causes more difficulties for Software Engineers ironically trying to get experience in penetration testing to defeat hackers -- great idea that was.)
To the person who seems to think that illegal firearms in the UK (which outnumbered legal ones by over 10 to 1 back int the day) are just converted toys, have you ever heard of smuggling or supply and demand?
Before anyone asks, yes I am British and live in the UK!