It’s a Good Thing Armed Self-defense Is Illegal in the UK, Someone Might Have Been Hurt

But then, someone was hurt. Widow, 88, left with life-changing injuries after ‘horrific, planned attack’ 

She was disarmed for her own safety. Of course she probably would have been horrified at the idea of defending herself – the British are just too civilized. Or something.

Blanche Rowlands suffered facial injuries when she was assaulted by Jeffrey Earp, 50, during a violent burglary at her home in Newtown, Powys in June last year.

The cops have only released pictures of her – and they are graphic. Because that would offend the tender sensibilities of the jury pool.

One of her attackers was sentenced to 14 years. Two others were sentenced to three years apiece.

The UK has some insane rule about only defending yourself with proportionate force. It basically means that if you are attacked by multiple people using only their fists, you cannot resort to the use of any weapon.

But really, how is a 88-year-old supposed to defend herself without some kind of weapon to equalize the situation? The short answer is – they aren’t. They have to just take whatever the thugs are dishing out. (In America, Octogenarians have other options.)

This was all over an engagement ring, and some other presents from her late husband. The jewelry was never recovered.

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The UK Needs Common-sense Crossbow Control!

Because it is easier to focus on inanimate objects than to actually empower your citizens to defend themselves. Siege enters second day after man armed with crossbow threatened health workers in Stoke-on-Trent

A siege has entered its second day after armed police were called to a home where a man threatened health workers with a crossbow.

Now there are crossbows with more than one bow, but mostly those are props in movies or TV shows. Most have 1 bow, which means 1 shot. And while I wouldn’t want to get shot by a crossbow, I might be tempted to look for an opportunity to attack the guy – over 12 hours or more.

But a couple of generations of British have been told to just be sheep.

The British Are Shocked

Shocked to discover that they live in the Real World™, and not a fantasy land. Arrest after car shot at from motorbike in Stockton – BBC News

OK so there are shootings and stabbings and acid attacks in London, but this isn’t London. This Stockton-on-Tees, which is half-way (well…) across the country from London.

One resident said: “It’s scary because you think with everything that is happening in London, with the shootings and the acid attacks, you start thinking ‘Is it going to start happening round here?’.

Sorry to disappoint you, but you are not halfway around the world from London, you are 350 kilometers from London. Did you think you were going to be immune from the insanity that is in London? Sorry to disillusion you, but all those problems will be there eventually.

It’s A Good Thing Subjects of the UK are Forbidden to Defend Themselves

Someone might have been hurt. Oh, wait… Family ‘terrorised’ in East Kilbride machete raid – The Scotsman

A man was struck on the leg with a machete and held in a bedroom with his wife and son while robbers ransacked their home.

Eliminating/adding restrictions on one weapon, didn’t eliminate crime, just shifted he weapons used. And restricting self-defense means the whole damn country is a defenseless-victim-zone.

The authorities are planning to respond by outlawing even more inanimate objects. This time next year I expect they will be outlawing (or requiring registration for) lengths of iron pipe.

Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is one definition of insanity.

The Slippery Slope of Weapon Control and How it Doesn’t Work Anyway

History. Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat. GayPatriot » Re: “Common Sense Gun Laws”

A history of gun control in Great Britain The United Kingdom (or is it “Airstrip One?”) from 1920 onward.

And while knife crime is surging, the police are devoting more officers to investigating people who make politically incorrect statements. So is the UK turning into 1984, or is this more like a twisted version of V for Vendetta?

In That Place Where Great Britain Used to Be

JusticeWhere there is little in the way of legal self-defense, and exercising your human-right will cause you nothing but grief. Dead burglar Henry Vincent’s friends hit back at vigilante | Daily Mail Online

This relates to a story from April 5th, where a guy in the United Kingdom, who was forced to defend himself from a home invader, was arrested for murder by the local police. He has since been released, since even in the place where Great Britain used to be, self-defense is legal. (The authorities really don’t like to admit that.)

We have also found out that the dead guy, and his suspected partner-in-crime, are “career criminals,” with a history of burglary.

To add insult to armed home-invasion, the family of the dead guy came and erected a memorial to the guy in the front of the house where he died while committing a violent crime. The police were “powerless” to stop them. (Makes me wonder what police in the UK have the power to do.) A person, described by the Daily Mirror as a vigilante, came along in the night and tore the shrine down, and took the flowers to a local cemetery. The family of the dead guy came and put up more flowers.

Outraged neighbours have blasted police for allowing 37-year-old Vincent’s family and friends to construct the memorial, as officers said they were powerless to intervene.

But late last night the vigilante drove to Hither Green, south-east London, before tearing down flowers and dumping the bunches in his boot.

The homeowner who was forced to defend himself, from violent thugs? He is in hiding under police protection, because of worries of reprisals from the dead guy’s family.

I won’t waste your time (as the Daily Mail does) going over the quotes from the dead guy’s family. Suffice it to say, they think it is entirely unfair, and want the victim in the crime to apologize for standing up for himself. They aren’t getting a lot traction with that argument, if the comments on the news article are representative. (I know they’re not.) Given that the 2 guys involved are Travelers, they aren’t getting much sympathy from folks in the UK. Though the cops are taking a beating for not finding the guy still on the run.

UPDATE: The London Telegraph has more quotes from the outraged neighbors of the victim. Shrine to career criminal outside burglary victim’s home is destroyed. You might find it interesting.

About That Surge in Knife-crime Happening in London

London’s crime problem has been much in the news this year. It is almost as if there has been a major change in the population in the past few years. London surgeon treating children in uniform for gun and knife wounds | Daily Mail Online

Martin Griffiths, a lead surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, said children as young as 13 years old being are being admitted for life-threatening wounds daily.

Griffiths said colleagues who served in the military likened their work at the London hospital to being back at Camp Bastion, the British Forces base in war-torn Afghanistan.

While stab wounds are in the lead, gunshot wounds are also a problem.

The best statistics on UK Crime are from October last year – they don’t report on a calendar-year basis, so the updated report is at least 6 months away. The graphs at that link tell an interesting story of increasing gun and knife crime. And remember, the UK has pretty much outlawed all handguns, and instituted draconian knife-control. I suppose they are shocked to learn that criminals don’t obey the law.

In February, London’s murder rates beat out New York City’s for the first time ever.

Drive-by shootings. Gang violence. (I generally like the coverage of the London Telegraph better, but this story is behind a pesky paywall.)