This was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, June 3, 2015:
Since 1979, editors at International Living’s magazine and website have offered indulgent fantasies for its readers, many of whom are looking to escape to places that are warmer, cheaper, friendlier, safer, and have cheap healthcare. Some of them have no doubt decided that the freedom fight is over, that freedom has lost, and it’s time to get out of Dodge while the getting is still good. It’s Playboy for the Boomers.
In its latest iteration of “The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2015,” they write:
With spiraling costs compelling more and more North Americans to retire overseas, retiring abroad has never been more attractive. But finding the right location among the myriad options available can be daunting.
For a small fee they offer their help. Their Annual Global Retirement Index combines “real world insights about climate, health care, cost of living, and much more to draw up a comprehensive list of the best bang-for-your-buck retirement destinations on the planet.”
Missing from its list of 25 countries, not surprisingly, is Great Britain, where, according to the www.askthe.police.uk website sponsored by the government’s Police National Legal Database, it’s illegal to defend yourself. Type in “Are there any legal self-defense products that I [as a citizen of the UK] can buy?” and the answer comes up: a rape alarm. Period.
There may be other products, according to the website, but they haven’t been fully tested, and “if you purchase one you must be aware … there is always the possibility that you will arrested and detained until the product, its contents and legality, can be verified.”
In an effort to reduce any anxiety, the website goes on to point out that any product a British citizen purchases, other than a rape alarm, “must not be a product which is made to cause a person injury. Possession of such a product in public (and in private in specific circumstances) is against the law.”
It offers some suggestions, along with a disclaimer. A British citizen may use a squirt bottle filled with a safe but brightly colored dye which may help police find and apprehend a criminal after the attack has been successfully completed. But, says the website, a citizen “should be aware that even a seemingly safe product … would become an offensive weapon [if] it would be used in a way that is intended to cause injury.”
And, the disclaimer: “The above advice is given in good faith. You must make your own decision and this website cannot be held responsible for the consequences of the possession, use or misuse of any self defence product …” with the exception, of course, of a rape alarm.
UK citizens have been subjected to this absurdity, some incidents making headlines. When three thugs wielding knives [guns of course are illegal and the thugs likely didn’t want to be caught breaking the law] invaded a home and tied up the members of the family, one of them broke free and ran to get help. He returned and they inflicted such damage upon one of the thugs with a cricket bat that he suffered permanent brain damage. Guess who went to jail? The two rescuers! The cricket bat was an “offensive weapon” and they went to jail for nearly two years.
A well-known television personality was sitting at her kitchen table with her daughter one evening when she caught several young men peering through the kitchen window. Looking around for something to defend herself and her daughter from imminent attack, she found – oh, no! – a kitchen knife and waved it in front of them, chasing them away. Hertfordshire police arrived at the scene and informed her that the knife was an “offensive weapon” and therefore was illegal. She avoided being arrested, but an interview in the Sunday Telegraph explained: “She was not looking to a vigilante … but when police explained to her that even if you’re at home alone and you have an intruder, you are not allowed to protect yourself….”
The absurdity made headlines in a different way. A Hollywood actor, Vince Vaughn, was interviewed for the British version of GQ magazine and the subject got around to guns, gun control, and the Second Amendment. Vaughn, one of the very few Hollywood types with his head screwed on straight, rendered his opinion about self-defense:
I support people having a gun in public … not just in your home. We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars; we have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government. It’s not about duck hunting: it’s about the ability of the individual. It’s the same reason we have the freedom of speech.
It’s well known that the greatest defense against an intruder is the sound of a gun [being cocked].
The issue of escape from America was a recent topic on Gary North’s subscription-only website. One reader asked: Where would you go if you were looking to get out of the country, Gary? North outlined his list of requirements:
A country that collects no more than 20 percent of its GDP in taxes.
A country where foreigners are trying to get in.
A country with English as the common language.
A country with a common law tradition.
A country where an entrepreneur can start a business in one day.
A country with a highly developed system of roads.
A country where cartoons lampooning politicians and their policies are not only legal but welcomed.
A country where home schooling is legal.
A country where police on the streets do not carry machine guns.
A country with no history of military coups.
There are others that could be added to the list, such as access via the internet to the Drudge Report, the right to keep and bear arms in various places without having to obtain government permission first, a place where there are politicians like Rand Paul willing to stand up to the establishment in defense of precious rights, and so on.
But the answer is the same. There is only one country in the world – in the history of the world – where one can enjoy these rights and privileges.
And for those in the freedom fight, it is well to remember that it’s easier to defend a hill than to try to recapture it. And that can’t be done offshore, no matter how pretty or cheap or friendly that place might be.
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