Hell just got a little chillier. Still, the fact that the Christian Science Monitor (CSM) published a piece from the ultra-left wing (just kidding) Adam Smith Institute suggesting that Brits would be better off if the Queen’s subjects were allowed to openly carry guns marks some kind something in the UK debate on an individual’s right to own firearms. Because there is no gun debate in the UK. There’s about as much chance that the UK government will allow the average Brit to carry a handgun—concealed or visible—as a Massachusetts Powerball player has of winning the jackpot whilst being struck by lightning as a white shark nibbles his leg. Just for fun, here’s Nikhil Arora’s argument for open carry in The Land of Hope and Glory.
Open-carry is very ‘visible’ – far more so than staff in neon jackets on station platforms, or standing behind ticket counters. It allows people to take charge of their own security. In addition, it empowers people to look out for one another as good neighbours, rather than relying on there always being someone official on hand to bail them out. It also means that criminals, who in our country seem to have no qualms about carrying and using knives to assault innocent citizens, would be placed at a disadvantage – far more of a disadvantage, in fact, than they are if, carrying knives, they are confronted by a station clerk, not carrying a knife.
I hope I didn’t make it seem like the reason that UK Open Carry is a non-starter because Her Majesty’s government in fundamentally non-democratic, or autocratic, or a constitutional monarchy (without a written constitution), or some such thing. As one of the comments under the CSM post indicates, the UK has a strong anti-gun culture. Even the police aren’t armed. Oh wait. They are. Heavily. Not all. But plenty. Carry on.
good point, when its an offence to carry a gun then the police can apprehend and arrest anyone that has a gun BEFORE they use it
if concealed or open carry is lawful then the police cant act until an offence has been committed… ie maybe someone is dead or dying
you gun toting people are crazy, at least primitive and uncivilised
in my book you are a criminal if you carry a gun or a dangerous knife, and should be in gaol until you learn to think more constructively about your lives