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Defending your Castle

Telegraph | Opinion | Where I come from, our homes are still our castles

Whatever became of the Englishman's castle? He did not lose the right and means to protect himself at once. It was teased away over the course of some 80 years by governments claiming to be fighting crime, but actually fearful of revolution and disorder. When the policy began, crime was rare. For almost 500 years, until 1954, England and Wales enjoyed a declining rate of violent crime....This trade-off of rights for security has been disastrous for both. Crime has rocketed. A UN study in 2002 of 18 developed countries placed England and Wales at the top of the Western world's crime league. Five years after the sweeping 1998 ban on handguns, handgun crime had doubled. As was forecast at the time, the effect of outlawing handguns has been that only outlaws have handguns...

By Joyce Lee Malcolm is Professor of History at Bentley College, Massachusetts, and Senior Advisor, MIT Security Studies Program. Her book, Guns and Violence - the English Experience, is published by Harvard University Press.

Go read it all...Hat tip to Instapundit.com -

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hello, this site is for people with no life. for example people who live with there mom or people who have nothing better to do than sit at the computer and talk to 40year old rappests

hello, this site is for people with no life. for example people who live with there mom or people who have nothing better to do than sit at the computer and talk to 40year old rappests

No, I thought its quite an interesting extract really..

Capitalism: the economic subversion of other. The moneymakers of this world appear to enjoy crime and war as a means of stimulating the demand for their products and services. Thus for example their counterproductive drug laws which do little else but produce an astonishing amount of socially damaging crime. Of course the wealthy are insulated from much of this by distance, superior physical security and insurance. The world is a farm...did someone say that already?

Incidentally, what's a rappest? Is that like a Trappist only they worship the funk?

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