After Wednesday’s terrorist attack that saw the deaths of several individuals with dozens more injured, a critical point has come to the fore about self defense in the U.K. A police officer that was killed in the attack, Keith Palmer, was unarmed — a major problem that the U.K. would be insane not to address.
The U.K. Guardian reported about the tributes paid to Palmer:
Friends, colleagues and MPs have paid tribute to Keith Palmer, the policeman who was stabbed to death as he guarded the Palace of Westminster from a terrorist.
Palmer, 48, was a member of the Met’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command with 15 years of service as a police officer. The married father, believed to have been a member of the Royal Artillery before he joined the police, was unarmed when the lone attacker came charging towards him on Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday, MPs in Westminster observed a minute’s silence in Palmer’s honour. The tribute occurred at 9.33am in honour of his shoulder number – 933.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday morning, Theresa May paid tribute to PC Palmer’s service and said: “He was every inch a hero, and his actions will never be forgotten.”
If people really want to pay tribute to Palmer, the U.K. should wise up and stop requiring that their officers and citizens be sitting ducks for terrorists and others that wish to do them harm.
In The National Review, Tom Rogan wrote about the situation in the U.K.:
While the Paris and Brussels attacks led the British to improve their response capacity to so-called roaming attacks, more must be done. Until now, the specific focus has been on investment in improved SWAT counterterrorism capabilities. But those efforts have been prioritized for London. Two immediate issues for the British are that the physical security of Parliament and the personal security of the British prime minister and the Queen are inadequate.
But further hardening of the capital’s defenses won’t solve the problem of other British localities lacking London’s counterterrorism resources. Specifically, they do not have enough armed police officers (most British police do not carry firearms). Any major attack outside London would thus likely require a response from two military special-forces units that are kept on permanent standby. But aside from small forward-deployed elements, both of those units are based in western and southern England, leaving much of the United Kingdom vulnerable.
Instead of posthumously honoring officers, perhaps the U.K. should get proactive and ensure that such senseless deaths do not happen again.
There are many things that the West needs to do to combat terrorism, and a major one that the U.K. can tackle right now is to make sure that its law enforcement officers and citizenry are able to defend themselves.
H/T Bearing Arms