Imagine a Britain in which we were all free to carry licensed firearms.

Most of us can’t because, thanks to the pervasive cultural influence of organisations like the BBC, we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that this is the sort of thing only crazy Americans do; that it’s a matter of national pride that not even our policemen routinely carry guns; that there’s really nothing illiberal or embarrassing about the fact that since the handgun ban rushed through in the wake of the Dunblane massacre, even our once-world-beating Olympic pistol shooting team can only train abroad.

For this reason, I think we can be sure that the post by Kate Andrews of the libertarian think tank the Adam Smith Institute – Make Britain Safer: Bring Back Handguns – will be ignored by all right thinking people. Or rather, by the kind of glib bien-pensant types who think of themselves as right thinking people, such as this lovely character “James” from the comments below.

Wow. If there was ever any debate about whether the ASI’s views should be taken seriously, it is now over.
Have you diversified from the tobacco industry and now added a gun manufacturer to your list of donors?

Yes, that’ll be it James. The only possible reason anyone could have for advancing the case for liberalising our ridiculous gun laws is that they must have been paid to do so by Big Gun. (Which the ASI aren’t, by the way).

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