Brit Riots Show Need for Right To Keep and Bear Arms, Says CCRKBA

Brit Riots Show Need for Right To Keep and Bear Arms, Says CCRKBA

Brit Riots Show Need for Right To Keep and Bear Arms, Says CCRKBA

Widespread rioting, arson and looting across London clearly demonstrates the need in any civilized society for the right to personal protection and the tools to make it possible, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

Rioting that reportedly began over the police shooting of a man over the weekend has now exploded into anarchy, leaving British citizens stunned and fearful. People have been forced to flee from their homes. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted that in Great Britain, where firearms are so strictly regulated that relatively few people own them legally, and self-defense is treated like a criminal offense, citizens are literally at the mercy of the mob.

“One wonders if the thugs now terrorizing British citizens would behave better if they thought their next intended victim might be armed and willing to fight back,” Gottlieb observed. “How would these rioters fare if citizens were able to defend their homes and businesses?”

Gottlieb, co-author of America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age, noted that the riots suggest far more is at work than anger over a shooting.

“The Second Amendment has provided American citizens with the means, and the tools, to protect themselves, their families and their property,” he observed. “Rather than flee from their homes as is now happening in some London neighborhoods, people should be able to defend what is theirs rather than surrender the streets to a mob.

“Evidently,” Gottlieb added, “Americans understand that. According to data from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, people in this country – despite the economy – are buying increasing numbers of firearms. There was an 8.3 percent rise in the number of background checks with the National Instant Check System in July over the same month last year. This has been going on now for 14 straight months, according to the data.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the innocent citizens of London,” he concluded. “Anarchy is always easier when people lack the means to protect their homes and neighborhoods.”

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  • Dan

    The term is chaos, not anarchy.

  • You can bet that these same people who do not want us to have firearms have some means of protection, firearms or bodyguards etc.

  • You can bet that these same people who do not want us to have firearms have some means of protection, firearms or bodyguards etc.

  • Hersfelder

    More evidence that in Great Britain, their laws enable the mob to rule.

  • As a former UK Police officer for of 21 years  and a CCDW instructor who now runs a shooting school in Kentucky I feel I have an insight to this post.

    British Police Officers are not routinely armed.Each division will have an armed response vehicle with officers who have weapons in the vehicle.These are not carried on the person but are accessible by the officers when called on.

    UK Citizens are banned from owning or possessing handguns excepting black powder muzzle loaders ,and these are subject to strict storage conditions. The gun owner must show good reason for wanting to own a gun,Personal protection is not regarded by either the Police or Home Office as a good reason.

    These laws passed in the wake of a mass shooting at a kindergarten in Dunblane Scotland. are broadly supported by the British Public ,who have accepted the anti gun views put out by a largely left wing press and Government.

    Since Britain joined the EU there are few restrictions on travellers coming into the country from Europe.especially by ferry. This is because of EU law that demands free unhindered passage for EU citizens. As a result the UK is now awash with illegal weapons ,over 6 million at the last estimate.
    This has contributed to the UK having one of the highest violent crime and gun related incidents in Europe. Although UK law imposes a minimum 5 year term of imprisonment for possession of a handgun. The law is ignored by the criminal element. (Note to the Home Office Criminals do not obey laws,Look it up ).

    All this will come as no surprise to the US gun owners statistics in the US and around the world show that strict gun control results in a high gun crime and murder rate .  These facts have been long ignored in Britain and the press refuse to publish any such results.  So the body count will inevitably begin to rise.The current unrest and violence will be contained by the Police and blamed no doubt on a few mindless misguided youths. (Here they would blame Bush or the Tea party).
    There is no second amendment in the UK in fact there is not ,and never has been, a Constitution.
    Britain is a stark example of what will happen here if the Liberal Gun banners have their way.

    Remember that next November.

    Steve Challis
    Harmony Hollow Firearms Training 

  • Tmtmtl

    Riots are a great time to carry, people just get really stupid during a riot. All you have to do is remember the riot over the vertict after the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles in 1991.

  • Anonymous

    What is happening in London, will (not might) happen in communities across the United States if liberal politicians get their way. It is a simple fact that criminals seek out easy targets, and disarming the general population would make everyone an easy target. It’s that simple.
    The right of self defense is assured by our constitution. It is a fundamental right that separates America from other countries where firearms are banned. Steve points out the thinking that was used in Great Britain for installing anti-gun laws. Of course the mass shooting in the Dunblain kindergarten was a tragedy, and so was the killing of the Amish children in Pennsylvania a few months ago. But is that a good enough reason to disarm an entire population, and what positive impact would it it have in deterring such crimes?
    Statistics prove that disarming citizens encourages crime This is evident in the UK, and in Australia, where the crime rate has soared, since the people were disarmed.
    While it may sound trite to say that “Guns don’t people kill people, people kill people,” the saying is true. People behave the way they believe, and if someone believes that they have the the option of committing crimes, they will commit crimes, and use a gun to do it. Illegal guns are available everywhere. The only thing that happens when guns are outlawed, is that that criminals will get a gun and prey on the unarmed populace. This is a fact that is a mathematical fact, and gun control won’t change the outcome.

  • AmericanInfidel

    what a lot of people forget, is that during the rodney king riots, armed korean store owners successfully defended their property, while everthing else around them burned.

  • Pistoleer Pastor

    My family is NOT at the mercy of any mob. God bless America!

  • CT

    As an exmple, I unfortunatly live in CA. The times I travel to the “right to carry state” Arizona, people are polite, they drive polite, and their police are actually police. Everyone seems to get along and appears to be armed. The second you cross back into CA, the driving is severe and the gang bangers are everywhere. LA is the most dangerous place ever. The police are told to stand down for fear of racism. States with CCW are positively safer, no doubt. My retirement money will soon travel with me to Arizona.

  • Mattleach88

    I am an Englishman still unfortunately living in England. I believe in CCW and castle doctrine and any other form of personal/family defence that might reasonably be required at any such time, the reason I believe in this is like you I’m a law abiding citizen who would never wish to shoot another human being but will not see harm come to his family at the hands of robbers,muggers and home invaders. The other problem not pointed out about (not so) Great Britain is the fact that the prisons are over crowded and most criminals get a laughable sentence that never lasts the given term, also another hugely ignored(due to it’s tax income) problem here is the way alcohol and being paraletic all weekend is seen by some as the norm. My wife is American and I’ve applied for my spouse visa, however I’m honest, law abiding, hard working and pay tax so let’s see how long it takes for me to legally live with my wife
    P.S when I legally can I WILL carry in the states but not until I’m trained in how to do so properly.