31 August, 2011
Here we go again
Evidently an element of the ongoing campaign to associate Anders Breivik with the EDL, it builds upon the deliberate misinterpretation of Tommy Robinson's comment after the Breivik atrocity that a similar atrocity in the UK was probable within the next five years to unjustifiably imply that the EDL intends to carry out or foment such an atrocity.
Well, I leave it to others with more knowledge of firearms than I to comment on the plausibility and effectiveness of the motley collection of weapons on display — the last time I handled a rifle was 50 years ago when I was in the CCF at school.
And I leave to the Photoshop experts the analysis of the authenticity of the photos; though I wish you luck given that they are so highly compressed that the typical filesize is 5 to 10K. Why might that be? Some may be real but innocent. What to make of the photograph supposedly of "James Clarke (Nottingham EDL)", for example, posing with a firearm in front of an RAF banner of some kind? A joke pose at an ex-serviceman's gathering, maybe?
But, as I say, I'll leave all that to others better equipped and just offer you one thought. Not so much a reductio ad absurdum, more a reductio ad testiculos totales.
Let's suppose that these photos are all genuine and represent what they are implied to represent. If the EDL are a genuine and serious emergent terrorist organization, do you really think the leadership would allow such pictures to be taken at all, let alone circulated in some manner? If the pictures are truly what they are made out to be, then we can only conclude that the EDL are a bunch of useless Walter Mitty muppets who, given a modicum of attention by the security services, are no real threat to anyone except themselves.
In a word, bollocks.
Oh, and incidentally, did anything ever come out of HnH's last splendid effort in this field, the famous EDL photoshoot? That's gone very quiet, hasn't it? No arrests then?
So, some chimps with (legal) airguns and crossbows,(presumably legal) shotguns, one chap who things he's a Gangsta, one who asked the RAF if he could hold one of their guns while his mate takes a piccie, and a bloke who collects vintage firearms.
No matter what you might think about posting pics on the net of yourself with your weapon on display, you can find worse stuff being waved about on the facebook pages of all 'Da Crewz' from the inner cities.
The armed wing of the EDL: a threat to rabbits, pigeons and rats. To society? Not so much.
Its a stated fact (by UK 'intelligence services' IIRC) that there are somewhere in the region of 3000 Muslims in the UK who have had training in Jihadi camps in Pakistan and elsewhere. There they would have learned to handle modern small arms, grenades, explosives, and, e.g., rocket launchers.
Given the ease with which Da Gangstaz can obtain military grade weaponry (google 'MAC 10 SMG'. They found one of these under the bed of a ten year old kid in Harlesden not so long back.) you're kidding yourself if you think there aren't plenty of AK47's and RPG's floating around certain communities within these shores, to say nothing of all the DIY explosives we know to be so popular among various cultural groups.
And what weaponry can the demonic forces of the Far-Right muster?
Air rifles. Bloody airguns. Items (for the hard of understanding) which expell little lead pellets by the force of compressed oxygen. Not 'fire arms': AIR guns. They don't go 'Bang!', they go 'Pfft'. They are only remotely lethal if you hit somebody repeatedly over the head with the wooden end.
And this is the big threat the left thinks we should be terrified of? This is where the forces of law and order,moral outrage and media output are going to be focussing their attention? On a few Billy Beer-Bellies with air guns?
As a country, a race , and a nation, my friends; we are comprehensively f*cked.
The two pistols are also airguns.
There is one crossbow that also doesn't require a licence.
Two shotguns, both double barell, one side by side and one over and under. These need a licence but as long as you have no criminal record they are fairly easy to obtain. (I own one single barel shotgun and one pump action)
Asside from that there are a few that look like machine guns. I don't know too much about these but they are probably either deactivated or airguns made to look like machine guns.
And in the case of Bobo's second comment, most depressing.
Makes you wonder how many of those incriminating snaps of people giving Hitler salutes that the Antifash are so keen on are really just people taking the piss. It's a gesture I make all the time to bus drivers, most of them Black, when I would like them to stop for me. Heaven forfend that they might be activists in the UAF.
The threat of a Bombay style 'walk and gun' domestic terrorist attack is being taken very seriously by security orgs in the UK. The SAS and, I think, the Parachute Regt and the SBS have formed some kind of joint response centre in London: there was a very brief report about it in the media a year or two ago. Thats not the sort of thing you set up on a whim, or because a few EDL have got air rifles. The mention of it I came across was a bland one or two liner, with no speculation as to why such a response centre was thought necessary; but even so I was quite surpirsed to see it mentioned at all.
Obviously major urban centres, esp London are the most probable targets for such an attack; but, grumpy old curmudgeon that I am, I can't help thinking a 'Beslan' style event might not serve equally well. Plenty of media time whilst you 'negotiate' with the government: and a nice dramamtic denouement for the Lions of Islam when it all goes tits up. A stroll down Oxford Street with your AK blazing will guarantee you entry to paradise in short order, but a hostage situation at, say, a sleepy rural primamry school will generate inspiring live airtime around the world.
Maybe they're recycling the pics while Anders Breveik is still 'hot'.
And if they're legally held, so what?