GUN Brits arming themselves despite laws

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  1. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/print.php?menuID=2&subID=1205&p=2
    The middle classes are tooling up

    A widow who lives alone in a Wiltshire farmhouse has taken to sleeping with a Smith & Wesson Saturday Night Special under her pillow. It belonged to her husband and is more than capable of stopping an intruder, of which she has had three in the last two years.

    When she goes shopping in Swindon, she slips a can of Mace into her handbag in case of assault. "Bought it at the ironmongers in Bergerac," she says. "Much more effective than an Asbo."

    A senior civil servant, now retired and living in a remote house near Losthwithiel in Cornwall, believes in the efficacy of a small-calibre .22 pistol. It was easy to buy without a licence or proof of identity in rural France, where they are used to kill vermin. The .22 is also an assassin's weapon - once the round has entered the cranium, it will ricochet about as it looks for an exit,
    As rural police stations close, self-protection is the only answer, writes john gibb

    devastating brain tissue in its wake.

    Many country people consider a sawn-off 12-bore to be the most effective and easily available short-range weapon. A farmer at the Suffolk Show told me that, for added impact, he pierces the crimped end of the cartridge and pours in warm wax which sets and creates a mass of lead shot.

    Owning a weapon is becoming a habit for rural homeowners who feel unprotected now that so many police stations have closed.

    I have never seen a police car in my village and violent crime in the county, of course, is up. Baseball bats, swords, machetes, Mace and firearms are kept beneath the bed or close to hand by many people.

    In spite of Tony Blair's legislation against handguns, lethal weapons are easy to acquire in the countryside. They aren't perceived as a problem because they are kept secretly for
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    emergencies, rather than to show off to rival drug-dealers. Often they are acquired during military service and handed down through the family. But increasingly they are brought back from Europe by car.

    HM Revenue and Customs figures confirm this, showing an increase in weaponry seized at ports. For instance, 842 stun guns were intercepted by searches in 2005, an eight-fold increase year on year.

    Most weapons seized are from respectable people worried about their security. Mace, pepper spray and metal-spring batons, illegal here, are easily and lawfully acquired in Europe, while high-calibre pistols can be bought in the Czech Republic.

    Scotland Yard recently investigated a French company selling arms through the internet and found that the majority of British customers considered themselves to be law-abiding people, often young couples
    This precision hunting crossbow has the power to skewer a hoodie at 50 metres

    worried about personal safety. Police searches of their homes revealed a wide selection of weaponry.

    Could we be seeing the first signs of a militant middle class which has had enough and is beginning to arm itself? Perhaps.

    For those who cling to the notion that an Englishman's home is his castle, a new weapon will soon be available to help deter intruders. Designed by BowTech in Oregon, USA, the Stryker (left) will be on sale in Europe by mid-January.

    It is a precision hunting crossbow complete with a multiple reticule, red dot 1x30 scope nightsight, 175lb draw weight, binary cam technology and the power to skewer a hoodie at 50 metres. It fires bodkin-tipped 425 grain bolts at 405ft per second and will cost a little under £1,000.

    Strangely enough, it's legal and fits neatly beneath the bed.
     
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    let's hope...
     
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    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    Who woulda thunk it? :hsugh:
     
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    DaJMan When i was young, i dreamed of being a baseball

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    where there's a will there's a way... good for them
     
  5. I guess there goes the idea of waiting for the police to protect you. Too bad the anti-gunners won't take note.
     
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    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    Bah. Its just one localized incident. I sure do love to hug trees.....
     
  7. Exactly.:rofl:
     
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    I see civil war in the future... it's only part of the process and decay of civilizations. Except this time the revolutionaries might actually win
     
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    BigBadJohn Pay-back time OT Supporter

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    The future is portrayed in V For Vendetta.

    The US was in shambles after a civil war, while the Brits had the wool pulled over their eyes as they gave up all of their rights and it started to look like Nazi Germany

    Id rather die fighting than die miserable
     
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    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    Yeah, the British and Europeans seem to have this bizzare notion that society will protect you to the point that self-defense has been nearly outlawed and low-level criminals operate with impunity.

    I also get the impression that Europeans spend a good deal of time worrying more about barbarism (and not being "barbaric") than sustaining their civillization for the long term. The things that sustain civillization - military power, certain deference to the "old ways" of doing things, individualism/self-reliance, and socioeconomic structures that encourage innovation/entrpreneurhsip/etc while discouraging stagnation - seem to be negatives in Europe.
     
  11. Let's hope we're smart enough to learn from their mistakes before it's too late. Europe is our canary in the coal mine.
     
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    I want one of those crossbows! :eek5:
     
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    :ugh: :wtf: Which would explain why Ronald Reagan was shot by one and was totaly fine afterwards.
     
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    he wasn't hit in the cranium to allow the bullet to bounce around while it looks for an exit:hsugh:
     
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