LA News Release, "Liberalise Weapons Law Now: End Victim Disarmament" (June 2006)
NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE
In Association with the Libertarian International
Release Date: Friday 2nd June 2006
Release Time: Immediate
Dr Sean Gabb (Director), 07956 472 199, firstname.lastname@example.org
"LIBERALISE WEAPONS LAW NOW: END VICTIM DISARMAMENT", FREE MARKET AND CIVIL LIBERTIES THINK TANK TELLS HOME SECRETARY
The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties policy institute, today calls on the Home Secretary to ignore the media-led hysteria over knife crimes, and to legalise the carrying and use of weapons for self-defence.
Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr Sean Gabb, says:
"Laws against carrying knives in public - or any weapons - are an infringement of our liberties and are a waste of police time. The only people who obey such laws are the respectable, and these cause no trouble. Those who do commit assaults are no more likely to obey the existing or prospective law on weapons than they are to stop listening to horrid music or to wash their hands after using the toilet.
"Even turning the country into a police state, with powers of random stop and search and scanners in public places, will do nothing to disarm these creatures. Such laws will only inconvenience the respectable. They disarm us to the point where criminals can roam among us like a fox among chickens. If we are already disarmed, we still face the indignity of being searched by police officers who are increasingly useless and corrupt.
"We need to get back to the sane legal climate of the Victorian era, when citizens were expected to take part in defending themselves, and were encouraged to use lethal force when they believed it necessary.
"We must be allowed to carry knives for our self-defence if we so wish. But we should also be allowed to carry guns. After all, using a knife requires skills in which the criminal classes tend to have an advantage. But guns equalise, regardless of age or sex; and nothing beats a bullet.
"To be precise, we need to go back to the laws of our ancestors when a person could walk into a gun shop and, without showing a licence or any form of identification, buy as many guns and as much ammunition as he pleased, and could keep these at home, or carry them about in public, for the defence of his life or property.
"At the same time, we need real punishments for real crimes. Those who commit assaults on others should be caught and punished with terrifying swiftness and severity. Assuming due process of law, I see no objection to the use of the death penalty.
"But the only certain way to clear away the human trash who infest our streets is to let us, the respectable public, take part in the cleansing.
"Further laws to criminalise the carrying of weapons is a retrograde step and should be resisted by the authorities. They are nothing more than victim disarmament."
The Libertarian Alliance believes:
* That there should be no controls on possessing and carrying weapons, including handguns, for self-defence, and that accordingly the Firearms Acts and all other restrictive laws should be repealed;
* That there should be a legal and moral climate in which, where believed necessary, the use of lethal force to protect life or property is celebrated;
* That all persons found guilty under the existing laws against self-defence should be pardoned and where appropriate compensated;
* That all criminal laws should be repealed except those directed against force or fraud;
* That all agencies of inspection and control set up to implement laws against victimless crimes should be immediately abolished, and that their records be destroyed;
* That all investigatory powers given to the authorities for the prosecution of victimless crimes should be immediately abolished;
* That any organisation arguing against the above should receive no public funding.
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