Huge British Retailer won’t sell shooting magazines to kids under 14

WH Smith bans under 14s from buying shooting magazines despite no age restrictions on owning guns

WH Smith has banned children from buying magazines about shooting – even though it is legal for them to own a gun.

Britain’s biggest newsagent has introduced an over-14s limit on all copies of country sports magazines following a campaign by animal rights activists.

Kids can still buy automotive magazines even though they can’t drive.

It’s almost like it doesn’t make any sense.

How Defend Yourself Against Fresh Fruit?

This cannot possibly be genuine: You can’t buy that lime…it could be classed as a weapon

A chef was stunned to find she was almost banned from buying two limes from a supermarket – because they could be classed as a weapon.

Marisa Zoccolan, 31, popped into the new Asda supermarket close to her home in Wallsend, North Tyneside, to pick up some groceries, including the citrus fruits.

But when she tried to pay for them at the self-service checkout, the message ‘amount exceeded, authorisation required’ flashed up.

An assistant then came over and told her that more than one lime was deemed a weapon – because the citric acid could be squirted in someone’s eye.

Murdoc is thankful that this is not believable. Is it?

Via Instapundit.

Riot Shootings

Have strict gun control laws spared the UK from the violence of American-style riots?

Compared to similar outbreaks of unrest in the United States, like the 1992 riots in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict, there has been relatively little loss of life. In LA, 53 people died; in the UK, four were dead as of Wednesday afternoon. This likely can be attributed to one major difference between the US and the UK, which is the low level of gun ownership in Britain (35 of the LA victims were killed by gunshot wounds).

Here is a summary of the 53 deaths which lists 36, not 35, shooting deaths. 15 of the 36 were shootings by police, National Guard, or “store owners.” 16 were by someone other than police, National Guard, or “store owners,” and 5 were shot but no solid clue to the identity of the shooter was uncovered.

Regardless of the numbers, when it comes down to defending myself, my family, and my property, I insist on having the best weaponry I can get my hands on. I’m not willing to lose my life, my loved ones, or my stuff in the name of keeping “gun violence” numbers down. If someone’s coming for me, my family, or my stuff, I’m probably going to be doing my best to inflate those numbers a bit.

Via Snowflakes.

Defend yourself and be a vigilante

On Samizdata:

If these last few days shows anything it is that when push comes to shove, only you and your neighbours can defend against what can only be called barbarian scum. Contrary to what the state would have you believe, you have the right to defend yourself and your property that morally supersede any law that would deny that right.

When added an Anarchy in the UK category a while back, it was a bit of a Sex Pistols joke. Now there are efforts to make it a national policy.

Plus here are two comments from the post:

Yet, people are sitting in prison right now in the US, Britain, and every other English speaking nation for defending themselves and their property. All it takes is a bad law with good intentions, a prosecutor looking to pad his statistics, or one who has an agenda, a justice system that no longer protects the rights of the accused, and the power of the state to back up said prosecutor.

Let’s hope that the US has learned at least a little from Katrina.

The state does not wish for people to defend themselves against criminals and thus prosecutes them when they do. After all, if a citizen learns to defend himself against criminals, he might contemplate defending himself against the state.

And there wasn’t demand for a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms because they were afraid of burglars or rioters.

‘Proceedings are being contemplated’

Thief who broke into widow’s home wants HER jailed because she had antique gun under her bed

A THIEF wants his victim to be prosecuted for having a gun in her house.

Guy Whitelaw broke into the 63-year-old widow’s home and stole jewellery and £1700 in cash.

He also grabbed a wooden box from the woman’s safe and found a revolver inside. The old gun belonged to the victim’s late husband and did not have a licence.

After being arrested, Whitelaw, 28, told police that the woman should be charged.

And the Crown are are now considering bringing a prosecution against her.

Residents in Surrey and Kent villages have been ordered by police to remove wire mesh from their windows as burglars could be injured

You can’t make this up:

Home owners in the villages of Tandridge and Tatsfield in Surrey and in Westerham, Brasted and Sundridge in Kent have said they are furious that they are being branded ‘criminals’ for protecting their property.

Locals had reinforced their windows with wire mesh after a series of shed thefts but were told by community police officers that the wire was ‘dangerous’ and could lead to criminals claiming compensation if they ‘hurt themselves’.

And here’s some “commonsense”:

Crime reduction officer for Tandridge PC John Lee commented: ‘We are constantly advising homeowners to protect their property and the contents of their shed or garage, however, a commonsense approach needs to be taken.

Just like how “common sense gun laws” seem to always disarm the law-abiding citizens and do nothing to address criminals.

No-Go Zone

Too Scary For Police :

Police in the UK have been banned from patrolling a playground at night because, get this, “it is considered dark and dangerous.”

A senior police officer tried to defend the decision by describing the park as “a building site”, an unlit area fraught with danger for the unwary PC who might be injured at any moment!

Of course, locals then pointed out that it’s not a building site at all- it’s actually a fully functioning playground where children are free to play during the day and that there is only minor work left to be completed.

The fact that most police officers in the UK don’t carry guns is often pointed out as supporting evidence that Britain’s harsh gun control laws have made the streets so much safer. But now the bobbies can’t go into a scary playground after dark because it might be too risky?