UK Government response is not good enough

If I walked up to you and punched you in the stomach as hard as I could, what would you do?

Would you ignore me?

Would you say, “I don’t want to fight back because I think I am better than you”?

I very much doubt it.

Yet that is exactly the approach the UK Government are trying to persuade the general public to take following this week’s terrorist attack in Westminster.

That may be fine for those that have 24-hour armed Police protection paid out of our taxes, but what about the rest of us who don’t.

The British Public have to be allowed the tools to protect themselves.

Why? Simply because the Police cannot.

Officers on the street would like to, but in reality, we simply cannot afford to resource them to that level. It is about time senior Police Officers stopped trying to propagate this illusion of protection they cannot deliver.

It is about time senior Police Officers stopped trying to propagate this illusion of protection they cannot deliver.

The people of the UK can no longer be expected to roll-over and play helpless.

It is often said that you can judge a society on how it treats its most vulnerable members. My thoughts drift towards pensioners when that is said. Take the two examples in the table below.

Warning: Both links below lead to quite graphic articles. I have tried to use older examples to avoid upsetting anyone currently grieving. Reader discretion required.

USA Pensioner UK Pensioner
Probably one of the most famous cases. 71 year old man in an internet cafe stops armed robbery. 82 year old beaten to death and buried in back garden.

The current laws in the UK are an anachronism. We keep being told since 9/11 “the world has changed”.

That may be true, but the measures people in the UK can legally use to defend themselves and their loved ones have not.

It is time the politicians got out of their bubble and changed the law.

People in the UK should be able to legally have the equipment to lawfully defend themselves as it acts as a leveller, allowing the potential victim to fend off the aggressor. I cannot see the dullards of Parliament allowing the Police to licence, educate and train members of the public to use pistols for personal protection, no matter how effective that has been in other parts of the world.

Taking that down a level, what about the articles that are described as “less than lethal”? Pepper or CS Sprays? Electronic stun-guns? Batons?

Individuals could be licenced to carry and possess those items by the Police.

As it stands, people need to stand up to their MP and demand the Human Rights Act (1998), Schedule 1, Part 1, Article 2, Paragraph 1 is followed, which states”

Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law.

Making it illegal to have appropriate equipment to defend your life and the lives of others in this supposedly changed post 9/11 world, violates the above does it not?

Whilst decent people live within and uphold the law, we need to start campaigning to have the law changed.

Then again, I am just an ordinary law-abiding person, not someone with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.


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