The Dunblane school massacre occurred at Dunblane Primary School in the Scottish town of Dunblane on 13 March 1996. The gunman, 43-year-old Thomas Hamilton (b. 10 May 1952), entered the school armed with four handguns, shooting and killing sixteen children and one adult before committing suicide. Along with the 1987 Hungerford massacre, 1989 Monkseaton shootings and the 2010 Cumbria shootings, it remains one of the deadliest criminal acts involving firearms in the history of the United Kingdom.
Public debate subsequent to these events centred on gun control laws, including public petitions calling for a ban on private ownership of handguns and an official enquiry, the Cullen Report. In response to this debate, the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 were enacted, which effectively made private ownership of handguns illegal in the United Kingdom.
... and for one reason: unarmed victims make such soft, juicy, tasty targets.But they still have a huge amount of gun and knife crimes in the UK. So much so, that the Bobbies have become heavily armed there. And not just because of anti-terriorism reasons. Street crime is very high.
Unarmed victims with absolutely no right to self defense and prison time/lawsuits if you even try to defend yourself.... and for one reason: unarmed victims make such soft, juicy, tasty targets.
This is how one Kalifornia legislator planned to use their gun registry.
Bill to seize registered assault weapons dead, author says - Chico Enterprise Record
"Plays into" that argument. He meant, he didn't want to be seen panhandling a bill that WAS the argument.California enacted its assault weapons ban in 1989 and expanded it in 1999, but those who already owned the banned guns were allowed to register and keep them.
Regarding CA AB174 -- Bonta also said he was keenly aware of the gun lobby's assertion that any state or national registration of firearms is merely a prelude to confiscation — something his bill actually pursued.
"I didn't want to have a bill that plays into that argument," he said. "I wanted to concentrate on some other bills that I thought would be more focused and more effective."