London Rioters Shot at Unarmed Police

August 21st, 2011

Horrible. Wait, I thought people in England didn’t have guns? It seems in a society where the people are disarmed, and the police are unarmed, the only people with guns are the very people who pose the biggest threat to others–and, there is no one to stop them.

Update: This quote, excerpted by my former Professor Joyce Malcolm, seems quite fititng:

The date for no longer being able to obtain a gun for self-defense was indeed 1964. Home Office classified instructions to the police in that year state: “It should hardly ever be necessary to anyone to possess a firearm for the protection of his house or person…this principle should hold good even in the case of banks and firms who desire to protect valuables or large quantities of money; only in very exceptional cases should a firearm be held for protection purposes.”