Mob action is ALWAYS extremely dangerous. This is why we have police officers who MUST enforce the law evenhandedly. We as citizens have made a deal with government that we will forgo our right to private revenge in exchange for the government providing public justice. But that’s a DEAL, not a surrender. When the government repeatedly and conspicuously fails to provide that public justice, they’ve broken the deal and they open the door to this mob scene.
Now I like seeing an “extinction rebellion” douchebag getting an ass kicking just as much as the next guy. I WANT to see them bloody and beaten, tossed down the nearest flight of stairs. This knowledge of myself is exactly why I never want to see things like this happen. I want the police to politely advise the protesters that they must immediately cease their stupidity and allow the citizens to go about their day. And when they refuse, I want to see the police climbing up on the trains and taking these idiots into custody for prosecution.
Mobs will kick a man to death because they don’t know how or when to stop. They will exact revenge for every imagined slight on whoever they’ve gotten their hands on, guilty or innocent alike. As much pure joy as I get from seeing these dickheads getting their skulls kicked in, this represents a failure of our society. This represents the government repeatedly failing to provide the public justice they promised. This represents the frustration and anger of a public that has no recourse when the deal they made with their government was broken.
This will end one of two ways. Either the government will attempt to reestablish control of the protesters, or the public will start stringing up these people, along with a few innocent bystanders who somehow “looked guilty.” The punishment will not fit the crime. I predict that the government will, in typical fashion, attempt to reestablish control of the public and let the protesters continue, which will mean some of the innocents harmed will be the police.
Who are we to be? Will we be the mob? Or will we be this woman?
These women didn’t die only because the killers didn’t wish to kill them. Once again we see that a disarmed victim zone leaves onlookers with exactly two choices, stand passively and watch evil do whatever it wants, or intervene empty handed and almost always share the victim’s fate.
Only a sick society tells people that they are too weak, too stupid, or too unsafe to be permitted to haul out a handgun and drop the terrorists in their tracks. Click over and look at the photos. There are residential apartments visible from the murder scene. Anyone could have used their home defense gun to put a halt to this. But because it is (Formerly Great) Britain, no one had so much as a pocketknife.
The outcome will be the same. More demands for more police and more government intervention to “protect” the people while actively taking every possible weapon out of the hands of the common people. You start to wonder if the terrorists and the government aren’t on the same side.
It’s impossible. Handguns are totally banned in (Formerly Great) Britain, and rifles and shotguns are so heavily regulated that they are extremely difficult to get legally. How could this have happened?
A 22-year-old man suffered gun shot wounds to his hand and arm in a shooting in Sheffield on Tuesday night.
Luckily the Chief Inspector says that it’s “not a threat to the wider public.”
At first I searched a lot of newspapers online, but in the end I found that it was easy to come up with a new gun crime story each day by searching two news outlets. I got almost all of my crime stories from BBC and the Sydney Morning Herald. Did I use any fancy sleuthing techniques to ferret out hidden gun crime stories? Nope. I just went to the main page of each news service and searched for stories with the word “gun” in them. That means I likely missed plenty of stories where the writer happened to choose “rifle” or “pistol” instead of the generic “gun.”
I want you to stop and think about that for a second. Two countries who heavily restrict guns still have enough gun crime that I can find a new story every single day for a year. If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about the failure of gun control, I don’t know what does.
So take an hour and read through some of the stories. Ask yourself if you’d be willing to give up your gun rights to live in one of these two countries. This is what gun control actually looks like. It’s disarmed citizens victimized by the same crimes we have here. The only difference between us and them is that their citizens can’t fight back.
Starting tomorrow I will only be posting stories in this category once in a while. I’ll post about the spectacular stuff like the machine gun murders and bicycle drive bys. I’ll start posting more stories about Felons Behaving Badly, another category that’s been a bit neglected around here.