Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Safe, Low Gun-Violence Britain

Where they now have some cops foot-patrolling carrying honest-to-jeebus assault rifles:
Playground gun law: In a grim portrait of modern Britain, rifle-toting police mix with children on estate plagued by gang shootings

  • Bedfordshire town suffers nine shootings in four month crime wave

  • Police say armed patrols in place for 'foreseeable future' to deter violence

  • Officers with guns and dogs will also be increasing searches to find weapons

  • With a heavily-armed policeman guarding the playground, assault rifle at the ready, it could be the scene of a terror alert.

    In fact, this is a routine patrol just yards from a suburban primary school.

    The show of force is designed to calm residents of an estate plagued by gang shootings.

    In the past four months there have been nine gun-related incidents in Luton linked to the Marsh Farm and Lewsey Farm estates.

    In the latest, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the back early on Saturday morning. He may never walk again.

    The violence has left law-abiding families so terrified they welcome the patrols, even if they risk scaring children.

    Faye Bell, 37, a mother of two, said: 'The armed police might seem heavy-handed to some people but to us they are hugely reassuring.

    'It's very sad that it has come to this but we need the police to be armed so they can protect our kids.'

    The officers, with a dog unit, have been patrolling the estate near the rundown Purley shopping centre all week.

    Marsh Farm residents told the Daily Mail yesterday that the armed patrols had given them the confidence to go outside.

    Shannon Read, 17, said: 'I don't really come out of my house at all so it's reassuring to know these patrols are here.

    'I knew the lad who got shot on Saturday so it has been even more terrifying recently.'

    Darren Putney, 46, added: ‘Some of the children on the way to school or in the play area look frightened.

    'But the police need to make their presence known.'

    The officers carry Heckler and Koch G36C assault rifles with 5.56mm calibre ammunition that can pierce body armour.
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    But those are only good for spray-firing from the hip and gunning down large numbers of people!!  How is that gun control working out for you, again? And what about these people's right to "freedom from fear"? I thought the "strictest control of firearms" was supposed to protect them, not Bobbies carrying assault rifles.

    (h/t to expat Phil B. from New Zealand via email.)

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