Handguns are banned in the U.K. And yet they haven’t disappeared. Rats! Well, informants. That’s what the Merseyside Police want to help them continue their anti-gun jihad. This is their PR appeal on that newfangled YouTube thing. Despite Inspector George Phillips’ attempt to sound all caring-like, this video is painful on all sorts of levels. Plod’s grimaces are particularly off-putting. As is his struggle to express concern for people who use guns to defend themselves (the old “you’ll put your intestines out with that thing” routine). Ultimately, Phillips reverts to the technique which has informed British policing efforts on the firearms front since the crackdown began: threats. And then the Inspector reminds his viewers that ratting-out gun owners anonymously is a done deal. A practice which always struck me as regrettable. Necessary perhaps. But regrettable.