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    London Rioters Ran Rampant Over Disarmed Populace

    London Rioters Ran Rampant Over Disarmed Populace

    As thugs have been burning, beating, and stealing their way through London, citizens of that disarmed society had little to defend themselves with as the police were completely overwhelmed.

    I have the utmost respect for police officers and the work they do, but they cannot be everywhere at once, especially in the case of large-scale rioting, but usually also in the more common case of crimes in progress.  After all, even most criminals have the sense no to commit their crimes in plain sight of police, and many crimes just don’t take all that long.

    Desperate Brits are resorting to shopping online for improvised weapons.  They are buying out of baseball bats, billy clubs, and folding shovels.  Yesterday, billy clubs saw a 41,000%+ increase in sales, until the item was pulled. Shipping times on their most popular baseball bat (up over 36,000%)  slipped to 4-6 weeks.  Today, a folding shovel is their new Sports and Leisure top seller, with sales up 239,000% in the past 24 hours!

    Situations like this show gun control at its worst.  As Adam Baldwin tweeted yesterday,


    Adam Baldwin 
    Presumably, London-type riots would not last long in either Texas, or Arizona.

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    We in America do have our own small-scale but disturbing riot problems, with flash robberies and roving bands of violent youth quickly forming and brutalizing random strangers in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Chicago, Las Vegas, and other cities, not all of which have severely restricted the availability of firearms.

    But I also remember during the Los Angeles riots, when, the police having been overwhelmed, the Korean community banded together to defend their stores and lives against the rioters, even though it was too late for many.  Using Korean-language radio, they called for security volunteers. Armed with what in some cases would a few years later be banned as “assault weapons,” stores and lives were likely spared, mostly without having to actually fire a shot. Here’s some vintage local news footage  I’ve tracked down, and a picture that says it all.





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    Besides being a polite society, an armed society is quite often an unharmed society. Strange, what? Must merely be an odd coincidence. Certainly nothing to be expected about that, eh?

    More and more of my Brit friends will admit they wish they could arm themselves in their homes, but of course they can’t. Any person breaking into one’s home must be protected by the homeowner against violence, else the resident will be charged – and very likely sentenced to at least a couple of years. Madness.

    theduchessofkitty | August 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    “Presumably, London-type riots would not last long in either Texas, or Arizona.”

    Adam Baldwin can say it again and again.

    Right after Hurricane Ike passed over Houston, there was a picture taken of a huge neighborhood group here in this area, and then posted on the Lone Star Report (now defunct). They all posed before one big, painted-on-wood sign, that said it all: “YOU LOOT, WE SHOOT!”

    Needless to say, there were no riots or looting reported anywhere here.

    If only Londoners had that privilege…

    (Didn’t Britain ban handguns way back in 1992 or ’93 after a huge school massacre? Correct me if I’m wrong.)

    Subotai Bahadur | August 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Love the picture. The rioters were wise to stay away from Korean owned stores. Yeah, the word went out on Korean-language radio. But who responded? Los Angeles has the largest chapter of the Korean Marine Association outside Korea. Most of those on duty were retired ROK Marines. OUR Marines think highly of the ROK Marines.

    Subotai Bahadur

    Remember Thermopylae!

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