“A man’s got to be allowed to protect the peoples he loves, right?” Coronation Street character Phelan asks rhetorically, justifying his illegal pistol purchase. [Video below.] The dialogue raises an important question: how in the world did that get by ITV’s censors? OK, sure . . .
Phelan’s use of the word “allowed” shows at least some deference to the Nanny State’s power to regulate every aspect of its subjects’ lives. But tooling-up to defend life and limb is NOT an idea approved by the socialists ruling The Land of Hope and Glory.
I have no doubt that bad, bad things will happen with the gun. Events that will prove that having a Beretta in a box is worse than Beelzebub dropping in for tea. Or, for all practical purposes, the same thing. Meanwhile . . .
“Go on. I can see you’re itching to touch it,” Phelan says to Seb, semi-pornographically. “Yeah, it’s not loaded.”
ACK! Treat all guns as if they’re loaded. DOUBLE ACK! Seb immediately points the pistol at Phelan. TRIPLE ACK! Seb puts his finger on the trigger. All that’s missing is aiming at a target without knowing what’s behind it.
“Frightens the life out of me to be honest,” Phelan confesses, trying to recover some audience sympathy.
I wonder if he gets it. I wonder how many viewers of the long-running British soap opera reckon Phelan is right to tool-up to defend kith and kin. And how many will feel that all’s right with the world when he pays the price. Forgetting the price they pay for disarming themselves, if they only knew it. wikipedia.org:
No criming is the practice of writing off reported crimes as not constituting a crime – marking as “no crime” . . .
In the aggregate, in the period November 2012 – October 2013, an average of 19% of crimes reported to the police are not recorded, with one quarter of sexual crimes and one third of violent crimes not being recorded, with rape being particularly bad at 37% no-criming.
Reporting is inconsistent across local forces:
“In a few forces, crime-recording is very good, and shows that it can be done well and the statistics can be trusted. In some other forces, it is unacceptably bad.”
The failure to properly record crime has been called “inexcusably poor” and “indefensible” by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor.
Twenty percent of reviewed decisions to cancel a report were found to be incorrect, and in about a quarter of cases there was no record of victims being informed that their report had been canceled.