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Gun Culture in the UK

Telegraph | Opinion | There's only one way to protect ourselves - and here's the proof

Long article - draw yourself up a comforting glass and go and read it...

Before the First World War...the prevalence of firearms had a stabilising influence and a deterrent effect upon crime. Such deterrent potential was indeed acknowledged in part in Britain's first Firearms Act, which was introduced as an emergency measure in response to fears of a Bolshevik upheaval in 1920. Home Office guidance on the implementation of the Act recognised "good reason for having a revolver if a person lives in a solitary house, where protection from thieves and burglars is essential". The Home Office issued more restrictive guidance in 1937, but it was only in 1946 that the new Labour Home Secretary announced that self-defence would no longer generally be accepted as a good reason for acquiring a pistol...


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I had been trying to persuade Mrs Bishop to read Joyce Lee Malcolm this morning and then lo and behold this turns up in the paper. Excellent summary.

First-rate article. The Home Office's long-standing utopian dictum that "It should not be necessary" for citizens to use weapons against intruders is no doubt true in some parallel universe, but ludicrous in this. Most American states have some law on the books resembling this from Maine: "A person is justified in using deadly force on another when the person reasonably believes it necessary and reasonably believes that another person is about to use unlawful, deadly force against the person or a third person." [Title 17-A Maine Revised Statutes Annotated 108(2)(A)(1)]

Generally speaking, if someone forces their way into your house, the police will not be terribly interested if you terminate them. Oddly enough, the prospect of being plugged by a homeowner's revolver or shotgun seems to inhibit more intruders in the States than the policy of disarming citizens does in the UK.

It might be well if more British citizens announced loudly during electioneering events that no candidate opposing their right of self-defense will ever get their vote. Why support anyone whose idea of good governance is to make it easier for thugs to kill you?

Criminal intruders and thieves are little more than freelance Bolsheviks, so it's not surprising that once they ("Labourers of the World Unite") gained control they moved to restrict that which would threaten their "livelihood."

Before you believe all the hype and fear-mongering put out by the media, ask yourself this question: what gun culture?

Last year 50 people were killed by guns in the UK, down from 70 the year before. More people are killed by guns in America in one day than are killed in a whole year in the UK.

Another factor adding to the claim of a 'gun culture' in the UK is the fact that the police have decided to lump toys into the category of 'gun crime'. Yes that's right, the vast majority of 'firearm offences' commited are kids with BB guns. Oh no, not BB guns! Crime of the century! I've been shot with a BB gun before. It stings for a second, that is all.

"It might be well if more British citizens announced loudly during electioneering events that no candidate opposing their right of self-defense will ever get their vote. Why support anyone whose idea of good governance is to make it easier for thugs to kill you?"

I just thought I'd quote Bishophill for a second and answer his question. People in the UK don't want guns.

What people need to do is get in touch with reality. Stop listening to all the bollocks the media churns out about a supposed 'gun culture' and look around you.

Can you leave your house without getting shot? Yes.

Do you know how to use a gun? No.

Do you know where to get a gun from? No.

Have you ever even seen a gun in real life? No.

Have you ever heard a gun go off? No.

Has anyone ever been shot where you live/come from and the surrounding area? No.

This is a little questionnaire I just invented to show you the realities of the so called UK 'gun culture'.

Those were my answers, what are yours? I'm betting a tenner they're exactly the same as mine.

Of course people in the UK want guns. I have a reply to the questionaire.

a- yes
b-yes
c-yes-look it up on google
d- yes
e- yes. there is currently a crime wave.

therefore we need protection. I know at least one person who has a pistol. There is a gun culture, and we need to arm ourselves, at least as a deterrant to a mugger.

The Gov will ban guns and other weapons to disarm us. Then they will take away all of our rights and the army will be on every corner with 24hrs survalence and cameras in our homes. We will be told what to eat drink and how many times a day. We will be like robots!

We need weapons to fight the Gov' and take back our rights!

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