To Kill A Mocking Bird: UK Debates Arming Police After Spree Killing. Or Not.

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In the post-mortem examination of taxi driver Derrick Bird’s shotgun spree-killing, the U.K. police have come under fire for not stopping the maniac’s mayhem earlier. Why wouldn’t they? In a…

Derrick Bird Lake District Spree Killing. I Blame America

Taxi driver Derrick Bird’s shotgun slaughter in the UK’s Lake District continues to put the pedal-to-the-metal re: the island nation’s efforts to strengthen its Draconian gun laws. Although Prime Minister David Cameron warned his electorate not to “jump to conclusions” about what must be done, the country’s punditocracy has eschewed any discussion of liberalizing gun laws for self-protection in favor of gun-demonization-as-usual. Oh sure, the idea that someone with a gun could have stopped Bird’s murderous rampage gets a look-in, but it’s dismissed as quickly and casually as an Eton fag. After, it’s an American concept. (Armed self-defense, not ritualistically bullying.) Ian Bell writing in heraldscotland.com . . .

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Taxi driver Derrick Bird’s shotgun slaughter in the UK’s Lake District continues to put the pedal-to-the-metal re: the island nation’s efforts to strengthen its Draconian gun laws. Although Prime Minister…