The number of people injured or killed by guns, excluding air weapons, has increased from 864 in 1998/99 to a provisional figure of 1,760 in 2008/09, an increase of 104 per cent .

If a child is misbehaving—if he keeps swearing, or playing with matches—and then you spank that child, the behavior stops immediately.

The effect is so apparently obvious that it can drive a sort of delusion.

But the force, which has already begun the scheme, insists that the unprecedented tactic is a proportionate and temporary response to prevent armed gangs from controlling estates.

Last month, police warned that teenage girls were now being dragged into the gun culture by hiding weapons for their boyfriends.

”For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has been warning against spanking, and many countries have laws against it.

A 2007 UN convention has said corporal punishment violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which protects children from “all forms of physical or mental violence,” and should be banned in all contexts.

Ma has previously linked spanking to later antisocial behavior, anxiety, and depression.

Then last week That one struck a chord in light of the national conversation about sexual harassment.

Even given the timing of her mugshot- taken on April 24- and her Today Show interview- which aired on May 2- the difference in her skin tone makes it clear that her legal scuffle didn't stop her from making a stop at the tanning salon in the meantime.

Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold.

The gun crime figures, which were obtained by the Tories from official Parliamentary answers, do not include air weapons.