Saturday, September 08, 2007

Could Britain Be Waking Up to the Problems of Gun Control?

Wouldn’t you feel safer with a gun? | Richard Munday - Times Online Hard to believe this is in the Times.

A review of the state of crime in Britain, and a discussion of why gun control doesn't work. Worth a look, but what I enjoyed was the look at the history.
When Dr Watson walked the streets of London with a revolver in his pocket, he was a perfectly ordinary Victorian or Edwardian. Charlotte Brontë recalled that her curate father fastened his watch and pocketed his pistol every morning when he got dressed; Beatrix Potter remarked on a Yorkshire country hotel where only one of the eight or nine guests was not carrying a revolver; in 1909, policemen in Tottenham borrowed at least four pistols from passers-by (and were joined by other armed citizens) when they set off in pursuit of two anarchists unwise enough to attempt an armed robbery. We now are shocked that so many ordinary people should have been carrying guns in the street; the Edwardians were shocked rather by the idea of an armed robbery.
This is quite an article for the Times of London. A mention of the Appalachian Law School shooting in comparison to the Virginia Tech incident. (3 people were shot at the Law School before armed students subdued the gunman.)

Maybe there is hope for Britain after all.

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