Meanwhile, in that funny place from where the British Empire used to rule the world, the attention of 'er Majesty's various and sundry Governments is turned instead to making George Orwell look like a pathetic little optimist skipping through the flowers: beseems a woman had kept her father's little .32 pistol for the 29 years since his death (out of sentiment, she wasn't pullin' bank jobs on weekends or anything) and police found it while investigating another matter. She, innocent in deed and intent, will be going up the river for five years simply for possessing that underpowered memento.
Some States of this overly-close Union do indeed and verily stink upon the ice for firearm ownership; I shall not mention them by name but IL, NY, CA and the other infringers are well known. But by golly, they're not the United -spit- Kingdom; and that's another reason you should give sincerest thanks to every single American who fought or supported our troops in the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
England, where Blackstone once had writ, "In these several articles consist the rights, or, as they are frequently termed, the liberties of Englishmen...to vindicate these rights, when actually violated or attacked, the subjects of England are entitled, in the first place, to the regular administration and free course of justice in the courts of law; next to the right of petitioning the king and parliament for redress of grievances; and lastly to the right of having and using arms for self-preservation and defense." Sadly, he continued, "And all these rights and liberties it is our birthright to enjoy entire; unless where the laws of our country have laid them under necessary restraints. Restraints in themselves so gentle and moderate, as will appear upon farther enquiry, that no man of sense or probity would wish to see them slackened."
So gentle, so moderate, that they will be sending a 53-year-old mother to prison for five years. My heavens, what person of sense or probity could possibly object to that?
The more I see of the world, the more I love the Bill of Rights.