Dad who split up fight in McDonald's shot "no-guns" Great Britain

"A free people ought to be armed." - George Washington
"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense." - John Adams
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms." - James Madison

by Chad D. Baus

The Mirror, a British newspaper, recently reported that a father-of-four who split up a fight in a London McDonald's was shot dead moments later.

From the article:

Raymond Mitchell, 34, had only popped into the restaurant to buy a hot chocolate.

But he apparently caused offence after splitting up two men fighting in the queue.

One of them, who had several gold teeth, shouted at Raymond: "You are gonna die tonight, you are not gonna see the morning."

The thug is then said to have phoned an accomplice to fetch a gun, yelling into his mobile: "Bring me that thing."

Raymond left the 24-hour McDonald's but was chased into a cul-de-sac. The gun was then delivered and Mr. Mitchell was beaten and pistol-whipped before being shot three times in an alley in Brixton, South London, at 6.50am on Sunday. Raymond, nicknamed Brown, was taken to hospital but died hours later.

One neighbour, who saw the shooting but was too terrified to be named, said: "He was begging, literally begging for his life. I didn't dare look out my window in case they saw me. I heard them laughing and swearing at him, calling him a 'b***h'. I heard them laughing afterwards as well."

Raymond's partner, who asked not to be named, said: "I'm terrified. They're still out there and they've not been caught. I've been told how they were laughing, actually laughing after they beat him and shot him. How could anybody do something like that?"

Handguns have been banned in England since 1997, and victims of crime are often prosecuted for defending themselves. A UK company even made news in 2009 by introducing Britain's first "anti-stab" kitchen knife. The inventor said at the time he was inspired by a documentary in which doctors advocated banning traditional knives.

Sadly, despite the abject failure of British gun control laws, and the growing list of defenseless victims, anti-self-defense groups in America continue to call for "common sense" gun laws like these on this side of the pond.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.

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