Friday, December 05, 2008

Disarm The Elderly

The Barking Moonbat has a post that features a 68 year old British shopkeeper being attacked by sword wielding thugs. The shopkeeper fends them off. These thugs should be dead, shot multiple times in the head and cheat.

But you can't defend yourself with a firearm when the possession of firearms is limited to only those who would break the law anyway.

The British government's insistence on disarming law biding citizens is more like a plan to control health care costs by eliminating those pesky senior citizens who insist on getting old and infirm.

Why bother building extended care facilities and geriatric centers when all you have to do is take away their guns and let vicious goons do the dirty work for you? There is no need to worry about embarassing revelations like Chuck Heston running down the street screaming "It's people!" Just let the boyz loose to do what comes naturally.

The following excerpt is from an article in the UK Mail, dated 15 NOV 2008:

Serious violent crime is going up NOT down, Home Office Chief Admits

The head of the Home Office has admitted in a leaked document that the Government has failed to reduce serious violent crime over the past decade.

In a paper marked ‘Restricted Policy’, Sir David Normington, the Department’s top civil servant, admits that under Labour the levels of the most violent crimes such as murder, serious assaults and rape are higher than they were in 1997.

The admission by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s most senior Civil Service adviser appears to be at odds with claims by Ministers that levels of violent crime have fallen since Labour came to power.

The Home Office admitted last night that its own figures showed there were 14,000 serious violent offences in 1997-98 and 16,000 in 2007-08.

Sir David’s 101-page document, sent to new Home Office Ministers appointed in Gordon Brown’s reshuffle last month.

Sir David discloses that because the most serious violent crimes have not been reduced, the Government’s long- term strategy will now concentrate on these rather than less serious ones.

In July, Jacqui Smith twice used the British Crime Survey, based on surveys of thousands of members of the public, rather than crimes recorded by the police, to claim all types of violent crime had fallen substantially since 1997.

In response to the July 2008 crime figures, she said on the Home Office website: ‘Since 1997, crime measured by the British Crime Survey has fallen by 39 per cent with violence down by 40 per cent and burglary down by over half (55 per cent).’

And on July 17 she repeated her claim that violence had dropped by 40 per cent since 1997, ‘with a 12 per cent fall in the last year alone’.

But in his document Sir David writes: ‘In view of the fact that more serious violence has not reduced in the way that we would have wanted in recent years, and that these offences cause the most harm to individual victims and to society as a whole, our long-term strategy on violence focuses on seriousness. This includes homicides, serious wounding and serious sexual offences such as rape.

‘Recorded crime statistics do indicate that despite recent falls, the levels of the most serious violence are higher than they were ten years ago.’

The document also reveals that more than 50 per cent of people surveyed by the Home Office are still not confident that the criminal justice system is effective in bringing offenders to justice.

Shadow Home Secretary Dominic Grieve said last night: ‘This document is a shocking admission that Labour’s crime reduction policy has focused on chasing petty incidents in order to spin crime statistics. Jacqui Smith’s claim that violent crime is down has been dealt a fatal blow.’

This is what happens when do-gooder bureaucrats manage things. There are now so many security cameras in England that a new national pastime has developed whereby people douse them with gasoline and burn them. There are over 4.2 million security cameras in England (2006 estimate), one camera for every 14 people. But for the most part, these cameras are used to generate revenue through traffic enforcement - and that causes a great deal of resentment, but not much security or safety.

The CCTV camera in the above video provided a documentary of the crime of attempted robbery and assault, but did nothing to enhance the safety of the shopkeeper. Those two thugs needed to learn the old prohibition about bringing a knife to a gun fight. But the Brits have removed that lesson from the curriculum.


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