While disowning “the American system” of gun rights (“it’s absolutely crazy that you can go and buy automatic repeating rifles down at the local gun shop that looks more like a supermarket”) UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage (no relation) called for lifting the Land of Hope and Glory’s ban on civilian handguns. “If you criminalise handguns then only the criminals carry the guns,” he opined. Needless to say, Farage’s suggestion elicited equal amounts of ridicule and righteous indignation – from both sides of the political spectrum. Academics and cops and academic cops too. “Mr Farage’s comments were irresponsible,” Peter Squires told the telegraph.co.uk. The Brighton University Professor of Criminology (and Member of the Association of Police Officer’s Advisory Group on the Criminal Use of Firearms) went on to assert that “If public safety is a consideration then it’s a particularly stupid thing to say. It opens up the problem that we have almost dealt with successfully.” Yeah, no. The good news: someone actually said it.