Wednesday, October 26, 2005

...but Miss Moneypenny Carries a Glock

It seems the new James Bond, Daniel Craig, doesn't like guns. He doesn't discriminate; he hates them all. He evidently makes no distinction between a gun in the hand of a robber, rapist, or terrorist, and a gun used by a law-abiding citizen to fend off or kill said robber, rapist, or terrorist. Sample the wisdom:

"I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other."

We are generally accustomed such sterling sociological analysis from the likes of Rosie "My Body Guards are Armed" O'Donnel or Michael More-on, whose body guard was recently detained for having a handgun in an airport. Yes, Daniel, handguns are used to shoot people. Many of those people are among the thousands of armed intruders who each year are shot or simply detered because a homeowner chose to not subject his family to the predations of the criminal class. In Britain, however, you can be arrested for using deadly force against an intruder on your own property.

"Bond" continues:

"Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that's what's scary about them."

I think another movie icon said it better. From Dirty Harry:

"I don't mind shooting. As long as the right people get shot."

Amen, brother.

But Craig is rich and British. It is doubtful he goes home each night to anything other than top-notch security. Moreover, people like Craig can usually count on extensive police coverage in the areas in which they live. I wonder if the new 007 realizes that his precious London is now known for two things: draconian laws against self-defense (including pepper spray and knives) coupled with one of the highest crime rates in the civilized world? Curiously, reports from London would have us believe that the criminal class IS NOT following the laws against possession of knives and guns. Imagine that.

But then again, Daniel Craig probably doesn't spend a lot of time riding the tube.

UPDATE: (well, not really an update; more of an aside). Over at the No Treason blog, there is a related story on Brazil's attempt to ban handguns. The proposed measure was rejected firmly by 64% of Brazilian voters. It must be tough to be a socialist man of the people, only to have the people throw your authoritarian, statist nonsense back in your face.

I suppose this means that Daniel Craig will have to forgo using his Bond money to buy that Summer home in Brazil.


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