Not sure were to put a post like this, but I'll put it here for now. With the recent upsurge in gun crime in Britain (including a 15 year old boy being shot dead in his own home) is it now time to say, "If the criminals are armed, then so should the ordinary, law-abiding citizen" Just like they are in America? It may surprise many of you to learn that the American Second Amendment is largely based on Clause 7 in the English Bill of Rights which states: "Subjects which are protestants, may have arms suitable for their defence and as allowed by law" Eliminate the 17th century sectarian bigotry, and Britons should have the same right to own guns that US citizens have. I can certainly see the merits of the American philosophy. Why should a 75 year old granny be at the mercy of some knife-wielding chav, when she can have the means to defend herself? I'm not so convinced by the American argument that it protects against tyranny. I'm not sure how effective shotguns and Winchester rifles are against tanks and helicopter gunships to be honest. But in terms of the right to self-defence against scrotes, why shouldn't people be allowed to own and carry tools that give them the means to protect themselves from assailants who may be much stronger, bigger and generally more physically capable than they are?