“A police force has been slammed for failing to dispatch officers to a woman who warned them five times she felt scared shortly before she was stabbed to death by her ex lover,” the dailymail.com.uk reports. “On the day of her death, the personal assistant had again phoned police at 2.40pm to report further harassment, stating five times that she was scared and that Martin Bunch had been at her garden fence . . . Police then had no further contact that day until Mrs [Jeanette] Goodwin pressed a panic alarm installed at her home at about 7.40pm. But by the time officers arrived [thirty minutes later], Bunch had repeatedly stabbed Mrs Goodwin, leaving her to bleed to death on her garden patio.” Needless to say, the Brits see this homicide through the lens of police and judicial incompetence . . .
God knows there was plenty of that to go around. The cops caught Goodwin’s killer three times. He was berated, tagged and released. Each time the spurned lover removed his electronic bracelet and continued to stalk his victim. The police created a “safety plan” for Ms. Goodwin—which failed to stop Martin Bunch from sinking a knife into her, ending her life.
The Independent Police Commission ruled that “None of the failings were judged to be misconduct.” Not that it really matters. As in the U.S. (Castle Rock v. Gonzales), British authorities are not legally obliged to protect their subjects. “Assistant Chief Constable of Essex Police, Derek Benson, said: I have apologised to Jeanette Goodwin’s family for our failings.” He promised to review performance and . . . that’s that.
Ms. Goodwin was denied her natural and historic right to keep and bear arms. She lived in country where the majority of the populace must depend on the police for their personal protection. And those who don’t, subjects who take responsibility for their own safety and security, are denied access to the most effective technology for doing so. And, lest we forget, self-defense training.
If you asked a Brit to consider the possibility that Ms. Goodwin could have saved her life with a firearm they’d view the suggestion as “patently ridiculous.” They believe the dangers of firearms ownership far outweigh any potential benefit. In fact, they’ve become culturally blind to the idea of armed self-defense; The Daily Mail article makes no mention of guns. Instead we get a sidebar listing the “Catalogue of Errors: How the Police and Legal System Failed.”
Thank God America broke from The Land of Hope and Glory back in the day, incorporating concepts of individual liberty and responsibility from British common law and tradition. A philosophy of freedom that has withered and died in its birthplace. With notable exceptions.
In his song Freedom [above] Brit pop star George Michael sings “All we have to see, is that I don’t belong to you and you don’t belong to me.” Ain’t that the truth.
[h/t Weerd Beard]