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A reader of my article about British government hostility toward the right of self-defense

offers some details about how bad things have gotten:

“I’m an alumna of Pepperdine University, a school which proudly owns a

house/campus on Exhibition Road, literally across the street from the

Imperial University, in the middle of South Kensington, right near

Harrods, Hyde Park, the Albert Hall. Within two days of arriving for our

first semester in London, our relatively small [American] class (37

students, 10 men, 27 women) was visited by a local police officer to

instruct us on living in London. Her first question was to the women,

’How many of you brought mace?’ Three girls raised their hands. She told

us we couldn’t use it, shouldn’t even carry it, it was illegal.

“Had any of us brought any other type of weapon, such as a knife?

Several of the men in our group indicated that they carried pocket

knives. She told us to leave them at home too.

“Then she instructed us on how to properly be a victim. If we were

attacked, we were to assume a defensive posture, such as raising our

hands to block an attack. The reason was (and she spelled it out in no

uncertain terms) that if a witness saw the incident and we were to

attempt to defend ourselves by fighting back, the witness would be

unable to tell who the agressor was. However, if we rolled up in a ball,

it would be quite clear who the victim was.

“The feeling I got was, in London, it is not permissable to defend

oneself. I also understood that this police officer thought Americans

were more likely to be agressive and/or cause more damage to a potential

attacker. She was warning us for our own good. I have to admit, she did

not make me feel particularly safe.”

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