My sympathies and condolences go out to the people of the UK over the recent terrorist attacks. But to the Government of the UK y’all got some splainin to do. You see, cause on one hand I understand that the UK has disarmed its citizens so as to prevent all sort of armed tomfoolery. You look your citizens in the eyes and tell them to outsource their individual security to you, the government. Not this 2nd amendment loving man’s cup of tea, but whatever. So when knife welding goat rapist started slashing and hacking your citizenry they were forced to fight back with bottles, bar stools, and chairs until help arrived. And then, when help did arrive courtesy of the UK police the majority of them were not any better armed. “We are saved,” your citizens exclaimed, “for a man with a stick has showed up to this knife fight.” Look England, I’m not here to tell you how to run your country. But might I suggest to you that in the age of terrorism you modify your love affair with disarmament. For you can disarm your citizens or you can disarm your police, but perhaps just pick the one.
Couldn’t Do It
Eventually some officers with guns did arrive and pew pew some of the bad guys to death. And whereas I heard that UK police were not armed in mass, I had no idea that the number of UK police carrying weapons numbered as low as one in 20. Meaning, not only in a city of millions is there a statistically low chance of a police officer being next to you when an attack happens, but that the odds of that office being equipped to do anything about it is astronomically lower. So tell me again why you have insisted on disarming your citizens if all you planned to do was bring a stick to a knife fight?
Now, I don’t want to make it seem like I’m some sort of bad dude who would rush towards a knife wielding attacker staring me down like dude above. If I realized I am outgunned or out armed I don’t feel a need to test my manhood. But were I to flee while a woman or child were being slashed that would in fact test my manhood. For I don’t know that I could live with myself afterwards. But more than that, I would be forever traumatized and pissed that the government stripped me of my ability to do anything about it. I understand telling people no where near the action to run and hide, but for those already engaged in the fight for their lives it is little too late.
So I’m going to attack knife wielding man with a chair, a bottle, or Bea Arthur’s panties if I have to and he might just stab me to death until I die from it. I wasn’t looking to play Wyatt Earp here, I just wanted a chance. A chance to defend myself, a chance to defend the innocent being slashed, and a chance to go home to my kids. Because I literally couldn’t just run away and many of your citizens couldn’t either. Kudos to their bravery and that includes the first responding cops who showed up with Billy Clubs in hand. Your government ordered you to defend the vulnerable against any threat imaginable and gave you a stick. That’s literally the same thing I do with my kids when playing battle. Yet you rallied to the cause. But your government has some splainin to do if they continue this going forward unaltered.
Yes I’m an America Marine Gun Lover
I know I have some UK followers here on this blog and I’d love for you to chime in from across the pond. Because yes, I am an American and lover of guns so I could be a little biased here. And if you get all uppity on me for trying to lecture your country I’m going to tell you to step back and know your role before I throw a bunch of your tea in the harbor. Because honestly, this just doesn’t make sense as the odds are ever not in your favor. You have turned the streets of London into a lottery where the odds of having an armed law enforcement office at your side when you need them most are just too low. Too low for the threat you face and too low given the reality that you have disarmed your citizenry.
I don’t always carry a gun for a variety of reasons. Yes, it irks me when I don’t and I wonder if this is the day I would have needed it. But I don’t always carry. I do however take some comfort in the odds. For I know many good men with guns who carry regularly and I feel ok with the fact that I might be close to one. They have me covered on the days I don’t carry and I’ll have them covered on the day they happen not to carry. The odds are good in America that as long as you are not buying your delicious crack in the worst parts of town there are more good men with guns nearby than bad.
And should I find myself in the black hole of 2nd Amendment liberty such as Seattle or San Francisco I at least have the refuge of knowing that when the boys in blue show up they are going to be packing. Bad boys bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you. Yes, America has gun deaths as a result of our 300 million gun collection. But America also has a fighting chance and that’s all we are asking for. Doesn’t guarantee my safety at all as terrorist can strike with speed and surprise. But I got a shot people and its one the UK government might consider giving to its own people right now. You can disarm your people or you can disarm your police. But in the age of terrorism perhaps you just pick one.
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