It is a reminder of the classic Bugs Bunny gun duel scene with Yosemite Sam, except the opposite. As the battle for weapon supremacy reaches epic proportions after Sam unholsters a ten shooter handgun, the point is illustrated, where will it end? And then Bugs fires the underwhelming punchline.
London now owns the dubious distinction of having a higher murder rate than New York City, and the headlines permeating from the British capitol, do not involve reform or a change in policy, but a push to plant millions of wildflowers around the city in a feel good orgy of regressive public policy. The whole campaign smacks of a 1960’s idealistic peace rally, with clipped flowers carefully placed in the barrel of the “evil” guns. Londoners are dying in a wave of violent crimes facilitated by dangerous criminals, yet no politician or activist has the sense to entertain the idea, that if residents are given the choice of self-defense with firearms, then maybe the bad guys will have something to think about before they attempt stab a victim on the cold hard streets. The damaging effects on the crucial tourism industry in an economy that relies on slight vacancy in hotels, has to at least raised a few eyebrows at the local government level and in Parliament. However, London like other European cities, faces the crux of unreasonable self-defense policies which enable criminals and subsequently raises the risk of residents becoming crime statistics.
The push to plant 9 million flowers, may help the native pollinators to thrive, but the blossoms blowing across the sidewalks in a slight Springtime breeze, cannot obscure the bloodstains caused by oversight and failed policy.
Read the MSN article here.