British Politician Nigel Farage: UK Police Must be Armed to Stop Terrorists

(Photo: NBC News)

In what may be the most obvious statement on the internet, Brexit supporter and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage recently called for UK police to be armed in order to stop terrorist attacks.

“If we’re going to take this threat seriously we absolutely have to routinely train and teach our police officers, whether it’s a gun or a taser or both, but we have to have armed police,” he said on his LBC radio show on Sunday.

The Government is “not doing enough to protect us from attack,” he continued, arguing that the London Bridge attack would not have been so devastating had the police been trained to use firearms.

“Had that [training police to use firearms] happened, on London Bridge that night those three terrorists would not have got into Borough Market and caused those terrible harrowing scenes,” he said.

Farage’s comments come in the wake of a partial bomb detonation on the London Tube that injured 29 people.

According to an NBC report from earlier this year, ninety percent of London’s police officers do not carry firearms. Only special units are trained to use firearms, leaving everyday police officers with nothing more than batons to keep law and order.

The rationale for unarmed law enforcement, according to NBC, was founded on the principle of “policing by consent” rather than by force. Arming police officers communicates the latter message and supposedly causes more problems than it solves.

“In a free and democratic society, there is going to be a balance between democracy, freedom and openness, and a police state — and none of us want to live in a police state,” said Brian Dillon, former head of the firearms command for the London police.

“Therefore at some point some attacks are regrettably going to hit home, that’s inevitable,” he added. “Not everything can be stopped.”

Farage believes the UK’s reluctance to arm police stems from the government’s misunderstanding of the threat posed by terrorism.

“My view on all of this is that our Government and governments right across Europe have been very, very reluctant to face up to the severity of the problem in front of us,” he said.

“Reluctant in many ways to admit their own mistakes. Because nearly all of this has been caused by government policy either in the last couple of years, or indeed in many cases over decades.”

“We’re constantly playing catch-up,” he concluded.

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over two years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco.

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  • Bill Barnett June 15, 2018, 3:17 am

    During military police training per US Army regulations, one of our field class exercises, provided by very well experienced instructors from Vance International, was to negotiate an obstacle course after being sprayed in the eyes with military grade OC (oleo resin capsicum) lachrymal agent.
    This politician, who puts on a dog and pony show for effect, is woefully dramatic (not surprising) and technically in error (as usual).
    Boring …

  • DoubleD September 27, 2017, 9:09 pm

    “Had that [training police to use firearms] happened, on London Bridge that night those three terrorists would not have got into Borough Market and caused those terrible harrowing scenes,” he said.

    Oh wow! How fortunate our British friends are to have politicians capable of such incredible and subtle insights! They must be sooo much smarter than we are!

    Good grief . . .

  • Aardvark September 22, 2017, 2:47 pm

    The next thing you know, this “free and democratic state” will be proposing allowing their “free” citizens to carry guns. Can you imagine the unfettered daily slaughters that would occur? (Sarcasm off)

  • Grant Stevens September 22, 2017, 12:43 pm

    By welcoming the scourge of Islam into its Christian nation, England has sealed its fate. Muslims do not integrate into cultures, they replace them. Muslims call it Hijrah (jihad by emigration). Infected with the deadly disease of Islam, England will be reduced to a Muslim hell-hole in 40 years, as will Germany, France, Sweden and every other country that allows Islam to infect their nation. “Terrorism” is not the problem, Islam is. Ruled by Sharia, Islam is not a “religion of peace,” it is an evil ideology that seeks to dominate the world for “Allah” and a self-proclaimed “prophet” who missed the Last Supper by more than 600 years. Until the civilized world (Christianity) realizes it is at war with a ruthless theocracy (Islam), it will continue down the path to death and destruction. We tolerate Islam at our own peril.

    • Bob Lee September 22, 2017, 6:59 pm

      Nailed it….

    • Darryl September 23, 2017, 2:40 am

      100% true

  • Robert Smith September 22, 2017, 10:15 am

    France, Germany and Spain all have armed police and it does not seem to make a difference. The problem is the police can’t be everywhere and the terrorists attack where the police aren’t. Better yet, how about armed civilians? It works here in the U.S. Far fewer terrorist attacks than in Europe.

  • M. Atkinson September 22, 2017, 9:58 am

    Lmao, really?

  • Michael Keim September 22, 2017, 9:24 am

    Duh. Ya think!

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