As you may well be aware of, the United Kingdom does NOT like an armed populace. Perhaps the tyrants that be have learned that most valuable lesson some 240 years ago when an armed group of colonists decided to cast off the yoke of King George III and bathe in the recuperative spring of liberty. Britain has gone so far as to not only outlaw nearly all weapons for personal defense but to also prosecute those who would dare use the few weapons left to actually defend themselves against criminals.
As if creating a de facto criminal empowerment zone of the entire nation wasn’t egregious enough, the powers that be sprinkle on the knife twisting by having absolutely no qualms about becoming the 2nd most prolific small arms exporter in the world.
That’s right. Of ALL the countries in the world, the United Kingdom is second only to the United States in the exportation of small arms.
The differences in how we treat our own citizens couldn’t be more diametrically opposed.
Where in America we have the 2nd Amendment that enumerates the God given right to keep and bear arms, the United Kingdom has nothing and the populace is lucky to even be able to own a shotgun for hunting…forget about self defense.
And where are these guns that the “socially evolved” gun control advocates of Great Britain going?
Since 2010 Britain has also sold arms to 39 of the 51 countries ranked “not free” on the Freedom House “Freedom in the world” report, and 22 of the 30 countries on the UK Government’s own human rights watch list.
That’s right; the UK ships small arms to 22 countries that it itself has ruled are human rights violators. Don’t misconstrue that statement either, the Brits aren’t sending weapons to the oppressed in order to help them shirk off tyranny…they are ARMING THE TYRANTS that are violating human rights around the world.
Andrew Smith of Campaign Against Arms Trade had this to say on the matter:
“These terrible figures expose the hypocrisy at the heart of UK foreign policy. The government is always telling us that it acts to promote human rights and democracy, but it is arming and supporting some of the most repressive regimes in the world. The impact of UK arms sales is clear in Yemen, where British fighter jets and bombs have been central to the Saudi-led destruction.
These regimes aren’t just buying weapons, they’re also buying political support and legitimacy. How likely is the UK to act against human rights violations in these countries when it is also profiting from them?”
To summarize, the British Government enjoys infringing on the rights of its people and ALSO enjoys to conversely empower other oppressive regimes with the same weapons that they deny their own people. It would be one thing if Britain outlawed guns for its people while ALSO getting out of the arms trade completely and in fact disarmed their military and government and led a pacifist existence. While I still wouldn’t agree, their hypocrisy would at least be taken care of.
As it stands now the British people must suffer their oppression while their government goes around the world rubbing their collective noses in the fact that their disarmament has nothing to do with safety and everything to do with power. Namely the governments power over the people.
I mean, if it was about safety and decency, how could the government green light arms trafficking to 22 countries that are on Britain’s very own human rights violators list?
Maybe Britain should add itself to that list.