Sunday, January 30, 2011

An Ancient Outrage, An Ancient Right

...And one they don't have any more. Turk Turon takes us back to the Tottenham Outrage, when Crown subjects lent their personal sidearms to police and helped them run a pair of desperate robbers to ground; a time when Britons commonly carried personal weapons and the murder rate was a fraction of the present day.

Which is the greater outrage, I wonder: a single running gunbattle, or disarming an entire nation of people?


Gewehr98 said...

The inalienable right of the citizenry to keep and bear arms notwithstanding, this must've been an early pilot episode of the "A-Team" - lotsa shooting, few hits.

400 rounds from just the robbers?

Roberta X said...

Nobody said any of them were especially good shots.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Perhaps we should consult with the records of those citizens who lived in Northfield, Minnesota during the James-Younger Raid?