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Cumberland Shootings: Libertarian Alliance Statement

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  • Dr Sean Gabb
    NEWS RELEASE FROM THE LIBERTARIAN ALLIANCE In Association with the Libertarian International Release Date: Wednesday 2nd June 2010 Release Time: Immediate
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2010
      In Association with the Libertarian International

      Release Date: Wednesday 2nd June 2010
      Release Time: Immediate

      Contact Details:
      Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean@...

      For other contact and link details, see the foot of this message
      Release url: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/news/nr081.htm


      The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties
      institute, today calls for the relegalisation of civilian gun ownership in
      the United Kingdom as the only way for ordinary people to protect
      themselves against gun massacres. [This news release is prompted by the
      killings of at least five people on the 2nd June 2010 in and around the
      Cumberland town of Whitehaven.]

      Speaking today in London, Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian
      Alliance, comments:

      "This outrage will certainly bring calls from the police and other victim
      disarmament advocacy groups for further gun control. However, bearing in
      mind that civilian ownership of handguns was outlawed in the two Firearms
      Acts of 1997, we fail to see, unless the murder weapon was a shotgun, what
      there is left to be outlawed.

      "The Libertarian Alliance notes that these shootings would have been
      extremely difficult in a country where the people were allowed to arm
      themselves. We understand that the killer, Derrick Bird, was able to drive
      in perfect safety around Whitehaven, shooting people at random. None of
      his victims was in any position to return fire. Only when armed police
      could eventually be brought in did he feel it necessary to run away.

      "In the United States, at least one campus shooting was brought to a
      premature end by armed civilians. The same is true in Israel, where many
      members of the public go about armed. Only in a country like England,
      where the people have been systematically disarmed, can a killer go about
      like a fox among chickens.

      "The Libertarian Alliance believes that all the Firearms Acts from 1920
      onwards should be repealed. The largely ineffective laws of 1870 and 1902
      should also be repealed. It should once again be possible for adults to
      walk into a gun shop and, without showing any permit or proof of identity,
      buy as many guns and as much ammunition as they can afford. They should
      also be able to use lethal force, at home and in public, for the defence
      of life, liberty and property.

      "Only then will ordinary people be safe from evil men like Derrick Bird."


      Note(s) to Editors

      Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. His book,
      Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How
      to Get It Back, may be downloaded for free from http://tinyurl.com/34e2o3.
      It may also be bought. His other books are available from Hampden Press at
      http://www.hampdenpress.co.uk.He can be contacted for further comment on
      07956 472 199 or by email at sean@...

      Extended Contact Details:

      The Libertarian Alliance is Britain's most radical free market and civil
      liberties policy institute. It has published over 700 articles, pamphlets
      and books in support of freedom and against statism in all its forms.
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