Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Have-A-Go, But Don't Have A Weapon

A Daily Mail story of a doorman who went to the aid of a banker who was being kicked to death by street thugs, and ended up being attacked himself.

While it's commendable that UK has relaxed its inane self-defense laws to allow "have-a-go heroes" to come to the aid of people being attacked by criminals, it is criminal in se to not allow them effective means of defense. If the doorman in this story had been armed with a Smith & Wesson 5-shot snubnose, a Model 642 Airweight in .38 Special, for example, the banker might still be alive, and at least one or more of the criminals might be in jail or even better, dead.

One of these. Lightweight and easily pocketed, similar revolvers were carried by gentlemen of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It's a shame that honest citizens subjects in UK are treated with less respect than criminals are.

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