There are a few private gun owners left in England. What they have to endure shows once again why Americans are no longer British.
To get a gun in England, the burden of proof is on the citizen. And, no, self-defense is not one of the accepted reasons for wanting to buy a gun. It doesn’t really matter, because guns have to be kept locked in a safe so they will not be available for self-defense.
The British law is so rigid that the Olympic pistol team has to fly to Belgium to practice.
Breitbart.com ran an article by Andre Walker on October 14 reporting that the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has kicked off a campaign to make warrantless entry (remember this is the United Kingdom with no Fourth Amendment) into peoples’ homes and make unannounced inspections.
England has the world’s fourth highest violent crime rate. Admittedly its murder rate is quite low, at 1.3 per 100,000. Yet Fairfax County, Virginia, in which Gun Owners of America is located, has a murder rate of 1 per 100,000. The county has over a million inhabitants and is quite close to Washington, DC so Gun Owners of America can lobby on Capitol Hill. In all of Virginia, concealed carry permits are fairly easily obtained.
Moreover, handguns may be openly carried in a holster. Not long ago, I was paying for some purchases when a customer walked through the door with a handgun holstered on his hip. The clerk took notice of it and finished checking me out.
But ACPO doesn’t think the British gun laws are tough enough. The group has publicly pushed for tighter controls even though British police are supposed to be politically neutral.
ACPO was rebuked by the leader of an up and coming right of center party, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). The party seeks to withdraw from the European Union which is governed by unelected bureaucrats who are accountable to no one.
Earlier this year Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Peter Fahy publicly rebuked UKIP leader Nigel Farange after he suggested hand gun regulations were too tough. Fahy said: “We should all be grateful that we have got such tight gun control in this country when you look at the States – it’s awful over there.”
Chief Constable Fahy reminding us once again why we are no longer British. Mr. Fahy, we have our Second Amendment to protect us from people like you.
Twice in recent history, guns in the private possession of the people have been the tools used to resist tyranny. During the August, 1946 Democrat primary in Athens, Tennessee, the police walked off with the ballot boxes and took them to the police station. Armed men with rifles arrived in pickup trucks and automobiles. A brief firefight ensued, after which the police realized they had better stand down. They did, and the reform party won – because the votes were honestly counted after all.
More recently Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy was attacked by a SWAT team from the rogue Bureau of Land Management (BLM). People spontaneously came to his defense resulting in an armed standoff. The BLM stood down.
This is what Chief Constable Fahy thinks is “awful over there.” Admittedly, dictatorship is much more difficult when dealing with an armed populace.