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Ten Years Ago Today the Banning Started

The Nation of Shopkeepers remembers:

Ten years ago today, parliament passed an act to outlaw private handgun ownership.....

Since this removal of freedoms of the few, the bastards that run this country have clearly got a taste for it. None of you really need reminding how bad things are, and how all the elements of a closed police state are now in place, to be enacted on a whim. The difference is now they are confident enough to bring is restrictions that affect the many, rather than the unpopular few.

Let us all hope that we don’t come to rue the words of one George Orwell, when he said;

“The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer’s cottage, is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

(8 January 1941 article Orwell wrote for Evening Standard.)


But what about all the gun crime that's been prevented? (just kidding)

As an American, I'm not sure how to the avergae Brit reacts to this. Did people ignore the law and keep their pistols (as Americans would)? I have ignored assualt weapons bans in several states.

Does the 1689 Bill of Rights still have any legal authority? A virtual gun ban in Washington DC was recently struck down in the courts.

Sad to say that the British gun owners, shooting organizations and the Vichy NRA fell over themselves in their enthusiasm to co-operate (or collaborate) with the authorities, perhaps in the false and forlorn hope that something would be spared. There was also the threat of long term imprisonment for any defiance, as all firearms were registered and the fear of dawn raids by armed and trigger happy PC Plods was very real.

1689 Bill of Rights? No legal challenge?

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