Promising its winning reader “a bottle of House of Commons claret and a box of Commons chocolates,” The Telegraph, “the UK’s most popular broadsheet newspaper,” solicited ideas for bills that members of the House of Commons should introduce for debate. Among the ideas selected for their online poll, including a term limit for Prime Minister and a flat tax, one dwarfed all others combined. A repeal of the ban on handguns, garnered over 86 percent of the vote.
“After all,” the proposal rationalized, “why should only criminals be ‘allowed’ to possess guns and shoot unarmed, defenseless citizens and police officers?”
That’s a great question, but one the poll may not provide an accurate accounting of true British sentiment for, as anyone anywhere could vote. While there is a small segment of the UK population active in promoting the shooting sports and abolishing the Firearms Acts that banned, among other firearms, centerfire semi-automatic rifles and handguns, the awareness and demand from the general public to mandate change is not evident—yet.
That’s unfortunate, because tensions brought to the fore following the beheading of a British soldier on a London street, reportedly by British-born Muslim converts from the Nigerian immigrant community, were heightened with a chilling warning.
“You people will never be safe,” a “blood-soaked” suspect Michael Adebowale pledged on camera. “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”
And it’s not just the UK. The European Union is reflecting the reality of immigration policies that, rather than assimilating disparate cultures, leave groups with different values and goals, and no small amount of hostility, occupying the same turf.
That’s evident from a Reuters report that “Sweden’s worst riots in years might benefit a far-right party in elections next year if scenes of immigrants burning cars and smashing up buildings cause voters to rethink their traditional welcome to foreigners.”
As if the cultural and religious differences weren’t enough, economic consequences point to a potential catastrophe “with young immigrants hit hardest.”
“We must win this battle against youth unemployment,” German Chancellor and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned, “or we will lose the battle to hold Europe together.”
“From the suburbs of Stockholm to the streets of Athens, however, the battle is being lost one riot at a time,” The Globe and Mail reported.
The law and order solution, according to Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5 who, per Mail Online affirms, “The enemy is everywhere,” is to recruit “the British people to inform security services if they suspect their neighbors maybe extremists.”
“She said further terror attacks on the UK were inevitable unless the country became a ‘police state,’” the report continued. That means being able to protect themselves as government policies devolve their culture into chaos will not be an option for ordinary people, as a “monopoly of violence” remains the exclusive province of the state.
People there may come to regret that too late. And people here need to mind what is unfolding there as a foreshadowing of where those who would disarm us are trying to lead us.
By David Codrea