Limerick is now the official 'murder capital' of Europe

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    Limerick is now the official 'murder capital' of Europe

    Think they need more gun laws to fix this? They must not have enough


    THE latest murders in Limerick have have tipped the statistical scales to make the feud-blighted city Europe's murder capital.

    The Shannonside city has the highest per capita homicide rate in Western Europe, after overtaking Glasgow to claim that dubious distinction.

    Limerick has a ratio of over seven homicides per 100,000 population, according to CSO data, while Glasgow recorded just over five killings per 100,000 of its population.

    Gardai are seizing an average of 500 firearms a year in Ireland -- 10 times more guns than they were seizing from republicans and criminals during the Troubles.

    Despite having so many guns and the city with the worst homicide rate, Ireland is still rated the safest country in Europe. A WHO study on homicide rates in Europe puts us at the bottom of the league, just below Malta. The highest murder rates are in Latvia, followed by Lithuania and Estonia

    Figures released by the Minister for Justice, Mr Brian Lenihan show an apparently inexorable rise in homicides involving firearms in Ireland. In the past decade, the annual number of deaths from gunshot wounds has risen fivefold. The worst year to date was 2006 with 26 firearms deaths. With nine already this year, 2008 is showing signs of being another record or near-record year for gun homicides.

    The minister also revealed last Thursday that since the garda's Operation Anvil was set up in May 2005 to target criminals gangs, their guns and drugs, gardai have seized a total of 1,491 firearms. The bulk, some 857, were uncovered in Dublin and a large portion of the remaining 634 weapons were seized in Limerick.

    Local people say that shooting has become so common that many incidents are not reported. During an outbreak of violence in the city last year, Limerick Councillor John Gilligan said on a morning radio interview that he had heard shots fired on four occasions the previous night -- none of which were reported.

    The figures contrast with claims made at a seminar organised by the Press Ombudsman in Galway last Thursday that "elements of the media" were primarily concerned with tarnishing Limerick reputation in their coverage of the crisis.
    http://www.independent.ie/national-n...e-1353369.html

    Just for the record, the homicide rate (for all types of homicide including all weapons) in the crazy, gun-toting US was 5.5 per 100,000.

    Must be something wrong... despite an enormous amount of anti-gun laws, anti-gun society, and anti-gun everything else, how can a country's homicide rate, number of firearms seized, and number of general violence be so much higher than the "crazy" United States? Pass more gun laws - stop the violence- save the children!

    Also, notice the spike in gun-related crime in the years after the anti-gun movement really gained ground in Western Europe in general. If anti-gunners were correct, then we should never see an increase in homicides, even if there's a rebel movement in place... and definitely shouldn't see an increase in weapons confiscations.

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    Limerick is now the official 'murder capital' of Europe
    Has earned the nickname "Stab City" I believe.

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    Now we need to have a contest to find the best limerick for this story.
    64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

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    The news is that Shannonside city,
    Has more murders and that's a real pity,
    To be first on that list,
    I would really be pissed,
    And that is the end of this ditty.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
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    Ok, since the response to my first one was overwhelming, here's another:


    Although the murder rate's high now in Limerick,
    With this article I might have a bone-to-pick,
    There are other cities who,
    Have high murder rates too,
    And leaving them out just makes-me-sick.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
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    Please, please, stop me...

    So Limerick's image is being tarnished,
    So do they want with roses instead to be garnished?
    If they allowed concealed carry,
    Every Tom, Dick and Harry,
    Would have guns, and their image would be varnished!
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
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    There was a young man named Drew,
    Whose limerick stopped at line two...
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
    -- Benjamin Franklin

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    So Limerick is Europe's Death Capital?
    It shouldn't come close....No not at all!
    The count should be down
    For the rules of the Crown
    Say guns were abolished at Whitehall!

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    Limerick is not a good city. Anytime I am there I just pass thru for the most part.

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    There once was a man from Limerick
    who walked like had a gun instead of a stick,
    nobody would come close in case he showed em a trick with his stick
    that crazy old man from Limerick
    "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
    --Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

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