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Something for the more seasoned citizens to think about!

https://youtu.be/f8I_ch5cJIs

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Remembering one of the LAST of the Battle of Britain Pilots

https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewseast/videos/1887256624688541/
What a Stud of a man! especially one he was one of the guys that stood in the door when the Devil came calling!
As proof look at his chest in the flick. As the British are notorious for being really stingy, When it comes to handing out Medals.That & to have survived the war. says a lot about the high levels of skill and luck that this man had.
God Bless you & your Buddies Sir!

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Will you jump through hoops for a CMP 1911?


Since I have no love for the 1911! Gasps of horror from the crowd. I think that I will pass on this opportunity.
Now do not get me wrong as I really like the fine folks at CMP. But the higher ups have gone over the top about this.
By the way thus is pricing of the 1911’s from their website. ou might want to sitting own when you read it!

CMP 1911 PRICING:

CMP has priced the 1911 type pistols at fair market value in accordance with CMP’s enabling legislation.
Service Grade $1050. Pistol may exhibit minor pitting and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.
Field Grade $950. Pistol may exhibit minor rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips are complete with no cracks. Pistol is in issuable condition.
Rack Grade $850. Pistol will exhibit rust, pitting, and wear on exterior surfaces and friction surfaces. Grips may be incomplete and exhibit cracks. Pistol requires minor work to return to issuable condition.
The shipping cost is included in the price.
 

ADDITIONAL CMP 1911 DETAILS:

  1. Potential purchasers will have to provide CMP with a set of CMP 1911 documents exhibiting: 1) proof of U.S. Citizenship, 2) proof of membership in a CMP affiliated club, 3) proof of participation in a marksmanship activity, 4) a completed 1911 order form, including a new form 2A with notary, 5) a signed copy of the 01, or 02, or 07 Federal Firearms License in which the 1911 will be transferred to.  All qualifying documents must be included in your order packet. No qualifying documents, other than the FFL, will be accepted without an order packet. Note: The signed copy of the FFL may be faxed or emailed to CMP 1911 with the customer name attached. CMP Eligibility Requirements for ordering may be viewed on the CMP website at http://thecmp.org/cmp_sales/rifle_sales/eligibility-requirements/.
  2. A NICS background check on each customer will be performed by the FBI to assure the customer is eligible to purchase prior to shipment to the FFL licensed dealer. The customer must receive a “proceed” from NICS prior to shipment of the pistol to the FFL licensed dealer.
  3. The CMP customer will be required to complete a Form 4473 in person at the FFL dealer’s place of business and successfully pass a NICS check, in which the information is provided by the FFL holder to NICS, before the pistol can be transferred. This is a second NICS check performed on the customer. Note: The FFL licensed dealer in which the pistol is retrieved from will have to follow all federal, state, and local laws.
  4. All orders by customers will have to be filled prior to any customer getting the opportunity to purchase a second CMP 1911.
  5. No 1911s will be available in the CMP stores, or on-line. Only mail order sales will be accepted.  All 1911 orders must be delivered via USPS, UPS, Fed EX, etc. to the CMP 1911 address listed above.  No in store or at the door drop off orders will be accepted.
  6. CMP will stop accepting orders at the end of business on 4 October 2018. Customer’s names will be loaded into the Random Number Generator. The sequenced order for customers will be established and each time CMP receives 1911s, customer orders will be filled in the originally established sequence. No one will be allowed to repeat purchase until all orders are filled.
  7. The customer’s sequence number will be sent to the individual via email once such sequence number is established.
  8. Customers will be contacted in the sequence provided by the Random Number Generator.
  9. Pistol grade and payment arrangement will be established when the customer is contacted by CMP sales staff at time of purchase. DO NOT send payment with your 1911 order. Customers will have 5 days to submit payment once notified.
  10. 1911s from CMP will be allowed in California because they meet the California definition of Curio and Relic. They will ship to 01, or 02, or 07 FFLs in California. At of the time of this release, only the state of Massachusetts will not allow the sale of the 1911/1911A1 pistol.
  11. All required information is included in this release. If you have questions, please email the address listed above. If you choose to call the number listed, please be prepared for a long wait time.

REASONS FOR THE TWO NICS CHECKS:

First Reason:  The first NICS conducted by the FBI for the CMP makes sure the customer can legally possess the 1911 type pistol prior to shipping it to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer. The CMP, Congress, and the United States Army do not want the 1911 to have to be returned to CMP 1911 if the purchaser is not legal to possess. The more time the pistol is in transit, the more likely it is that it could be lost or stolen. The second NICS check is performed by the FBI for the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL in accordance with their standard transfer procedures and all federal, state, and local laws.
Second Reason:  CMP’s enabling legislation mandated by Congress specifies that the purchaser “successfully pass a thorough and complete background check”, i.e. NICS.  CMP cannot turn any firearm over to the purchaser until it receives a “proceed” from NICS; the local FFL can turn the pistol over after 72 business hours have elapsed if they have not heard back from NICS. Turning the pistol over after 72 hours and not getting a “proceed” does not satisfy CMP’s enabling legislation mandated by Congress. This leaves CMP no choice but to have a NICS check performed by the FBI and to get a “proceed” to satisfy its enabling legislation, before shipping to the local 01, or 02, or 07 FFL dealer.
 
Note: 1911 type pistols purchased from CMP cannot be transferred to 03 FFL (curio and relic) license holders. CMP’s legislation contained in the 2018 NDAA specifies FFL licensed dealers. BATF and the United States Army prefer the second background check be performed by the FBI on an FFL licensed dealer’s premises.
 
Mark Johnson
Chief Operating Officer
Civilian Marksmanship Program

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This acutally gives me some hope!


I think that one of the major problems is that the powers that be of our great nation. Have used the old divide and rule system. Hopefully soon a large group of Americans can come together a bit more.
So that a lot of our problems can be addressed. Instead of being prolonged for political advantage.

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West Virginia concealed carry permits recognized in 10 more states STATE AG By Kyla Asbury | Aug 10, 2018

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has affirmed recognition of West Virginia’s concealed carry permits for 10 states.
Currently, there are 23 states that recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses and 14 that recognize West Virginia provisional concealed handgun licenses and West Virginia concealed handgun licenses.
“Our office works hard to establish and maintain concealed carry reciprocity or recognition agreements with states across the nation,” Morrisey said in an interview with The West Virginia Record.
Morrisey said the reciprocity and recognition agreements ensure convenience when traveling and peace of mind for license holders who choose to carry and exercise their Second Amendment rights.


 Patrick Morrisey    AG’s website

“We recently affirmed agreements with Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina and Wyoming,” Morrisey said. “We expect more announcements to be made in coming weeks from the remainder of previously existing concealed carry agreements nationwide.”
Morrisey said preserving this recognition is a victory for gun owners.
Each year Morrisey’s office discusses with each state to ensure continued recognition of West Virginia’s concealed handgun licenses and to explore the potential to expand to other states.
“This time of year we like to highlight that states along popular summer travel routes, including South Carolina and Florida, recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses,” Morrisey said. “This makes travel easier for those who wish to cross state lines while still utilizing their right to concealed carry.”
In the states that recognize West Virginia concealed handgun licenses, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas and Vermont do not require concealed handgun licenses to carry concealed, but local restrictions may vary.
Wisconsin only recognizes licenses issued after June 2012 and Maine allows individuals to carry without a concealed handgun license.
Recognition in Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Nebraska and Nevada is also limited to concealed carry licenses that are issued to individuals over the age of 21.
“West Virginia license holders traveling to other states who wish to carry a concealed weapon are still encouraged to contact those states to confirm their recognition status and any local restrictions,” Morrisey said. “It is the responsibility of all West Virginia concealed firearm license holders to know and understand the applicable firearm laws of the states within which they plan to visit.”
Morrisey said anyone wishing to obtain a concealed handgun license can do so by contacting their local sheriff’s office.
Yea another Victory for our side! Grumpy

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Tonight on American Rifleman TV: Inside the Civilian Marksmanship Program; Springfield M1A; Astra Model 300

The Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) was started back in 1903 when President Theodore Roosevelt, after becoming aware of the generally poor marksmanship skills of U.S. soldiers, decided to make marksmanship a priority for America’s youth in preparation for future military service.
The DCM also had the ability to sell surplus military firearms to the public for the purpose of training. Government-funded and operated until 1996, the organization privatized and was renamed the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearm Safety, known today as the Civilian Marksmanship ProgramWatch a preview here.



In this week’s “Rifleman Review,” Brian Sheetz tests the Springfield M1A Rifle chambered in 6.5 mm Creedmoor.

For “I Have This Old Gun,” we look at the Astra Model 300—a Guernica, Spain-made gun that was sold to the German Luftwaffe during World War II.

For more American Rifleman TV, tune in Wednesday nights on the Outdoor Channel.
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Huh! The Last Place that I would expect to have this issue!

Israel eases gun controls following lone-wolf attacks

© AFP/File | Israel has eased its gun controls to enable hundreds of thousands more civilians to apply for licences, a move authorities say will help thwart lone-wolf attacks like this one in the West Bank in 2016 in which the attacker was shot and wounded

 JERUSALEM (AFP) –

Israel has changed its gun regulations to enable hundreds of thousands more civilians to apply for licences, a move authorities say will increase security but others argue will stoke violence.
The shift in policy, announced by the public security ministry late Monday, means that up to 600,000 Israelis could apply for gun licences, a dramatic increase on the current 140,000 civilians with permits.
A source in the public security ministry, however, estimated that only 35,000 people will be interested in applying for gun licences under the new regulations.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the change could help thwart “lone-wolf attacks” by Palestinians, who have carried out gun, knife and car-ramming assaults that have at times been deadly.
A number of people have been shot by accident, however, in the chaos resulting from such attacks, while Israeli security personnel have in some instances been accused of excessive force.
“Many civilians saved lives during attacks and, in an age of ‘lone-wolf terror’, the more trained civilians carrying arms, the higher the chances of thwarting attacks and minimising casualties,” Erdan said in a statement.
Under the new regulations, any Israeli who had extensive infantry combat training can apply for a gun licence.
Most Jewish Israelis must complete obligatory military service after they turn 18, but only a minority receive such training.
Police volunteers, medics and former military officers will also be eligible, the statement said.
Prior to the change, the main criterion for a permit — besides professions such as hunter or diamond merchant — was one’s place of residence.
Settlers or other Israelis working in the occupied West Bank tend to receive licences. It is common to see Israeli settlers in remote West Bank outposts openly carrying rifles.
The new regulations do not change Israel’s vetting process for gun licences, which, according to Erdan, is “one of the strictest.”
“There’s no intention to reach a situation like in the United States,” he told public radio on Tuesday.
“Here we conduct background checks on people’s past, their health, including mental health — you need permits from the health ministry and police.”
Erdan’s move was met with criticism from left-wing politicians who expressed fear an increase in gun ownership could lead to more violence.
Michal Rozin of the Meretz party said the new rules would not diminish the risks of militant attacks but rather “significantly increase the risk to the lives of women and children” in domestic violence cases.
Dov Hanin, a Jewish lawmaker from the mainly Arab Joint List, said that Erdan’s plan would lead to more guns in Arab towns, where unlicensed weapons are already a serious problem.
Arab Israeli leaders accuse police of neglecting Arab towns and allowing crime to flourish in them.

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Stolen from My Daily Kona -Canada retires the Lee-Enfield after 114 years of service.

I shamelessly cribbed this from the “National Post”.  I didn’t know that the Enfield was still in front line service with the Canadians.  I really like the Enfields, I have 2 of them.

They are from front to back, my 303 Enfield, my Springfield 03A3 and my 308 Enfield.
My Enfield was made at the Ishapore Royal Armory in India in January 1945, She is a  Number 1 Mark III.  My other Enfield is a “308” enfield made in 1968 for the Indian Police.  Both were made in the same arsenal.  I thought that was pretty neat.

I have copied the entire article through the magic of “Cut and Paste”.  I thought that this was a really cool article for us people that like history and rifles.  I am using “Chrome” to do this article. so the fonts are a bit different.

It has killed Germans in two world wars, shown up on both sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict and has turned up in the hands of Taliban fighters. Easily one of the deadliest rifles in history, it once protected nearly 50 national armies.
Canadians carried it on D-Day, at Vimy Ridge, through Ortona and in the defence of Kapyong.
Now, after 114 years, the Canadian Armed Forces is becoming the last national military in the world to retire the Lee-Enfield rifle from front-line service.
They even put the gun on their official badge. Wikimedia Commons
Since 1947 the Lee-Enfield has remained the main service weapon of the Canadian Rangers, a part-time force mainly devoted to Arctic patrols. This week, the Canadian Rangers began replacement of their Lee-Enfields with the specially commissioned Colt Canada C19.
Unlike many other antique items in the Canadian military, the Lee-Enfield didn’t hang on for so long out of apathy or tight budgets. Rather, it’s because it’s still one of the best guns to carry above the tree line.
The Lee-Enfield’s powerful .303 cartridge was famous for killing enemy soldiers with one shot, and it’s equally good at stopping a charging polar bear.
Its wood stock makes it uniquely resistant to cracking or splitting in extreme cold. The rifle is also bolt-action, meaning that every shot must be manually pushed into place by the shooter. This makes for slower firing, but it also leaves the Lee-Enfield with as few moving parts as possible.
“The more complicated a rifle gets … the more prone you are to problems with parts breaking or jamming in a harsh environment,” said Eric Fernberg, an arms collection specialist at the Canadian War Museum.
“It might seem old-fashioned … (but) the retention of the Lee-Enfield by the Canadian Rangers was a wise choice for their role and environment.”
In this 2016 photo from Whitehorse, Yukon, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is greeted by Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers carrying Lee-Enfields. Photo by Mark Large – Pool/Getty Images
The Lee-Enfield was developed as a standard-issue British infantry weapon at the close of the 19th century. Given that this was the height of the British Empire, the gun was soon being used to arm troops in virtually every corner of the globe.
“It has been used in every conceivable theatre of war … and its high build quality and tough construction made it all but indestructible,” wrote the historian Martin Pegler in a book about the Lee-Enfield.
And while it can’t shoot as fast as modern automatic rifles, a well-trained British soldier could fire and reload quick enough to squeeze off 30 rounds per minute from a Lee-Enfield.
Two First World War Canadian soldiers wearing gas masks examining a Lee-Enfield rifle.Library and Archives Canada
Canadian militias first picked up an early version of the Lee-Enfield in 1896 and Canadian volunteers would carry them in the Boer War. The more familiar short-muzzled Lee-Enfield came out in 1904.
When the First World War broke out, Canadians initially went into battle carrying the Canadian-made Ross Rifle. However, the Ross was so prone to malfunction that Canadians were soon scavenging Lee-Enfields from dead British soldiers.
From then on, the Lee-Enfield remained the weapon of choice for Canadian soldiers right up until the 1950s. Of the more than 118,000 Canadians who have been killed in foreign wars, most would have been issued a Lee-Enfield.
Although Brits stopped using the Lee-Enfield right around the time they dissolved the Empire, the Lee-Enfield became the English-speaking world’s version of the ubiquitous Soviet-made AK-47. With thousands of the rifles turned over to the surplus market after the Second World War, they were soon making cameo appearances in dozens of conflicts, skirmishes and civil wars.
Canadian Ranger Ernestine Karlik armed with a Lee-Enfield in 2014. Pamela Roth/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency
Lee-Enfields were wielded by IRA terrorists in The Troubles. They were among the mish-mash of guns that Israelis used to fend off Arab armies in 1948. Bangladeshis used them to gain independence from Pakistan.
In the 1980s, the United States funnelled massive shipments of antique Lee-Enfields to Afghanistan for use by Mujahedeen fighters against the Soviet Union. It’s for this reason that Lee-Enfields continue to show up in the hands of Taliban fighters, often as a sniper rifle.
In 2010, writer C.J. Chivers analyzed a cache of weapons seized from the Taliban and found a British-made Lee-Enfield from 1915.
And while they were no longer taken by uniformed soldiers into battle, Lee-Enfields are still in the arsenals of several police forces in the developing world.
In Canada the guns had a more peaceful afterlife as a hunting rifle. Cheap and able to fell large game, Lee-Enfields are responsible for the antlers and taxidermied animal heads on countless Canadian roadhouses. “No other rifle could be more reliable,” reads one glowing review of the Lee-Enfield published in March.
Orillia Legion Public Relations Officer, Colin Wackett sit with a Lee-Enfield rifle that was donated to the Legion by the family of WWI veteran Joseph Leyland. Postmedia File
This was part of the reason why the rifle was an easy choice for the Canadian Rangers in the first place; it was a gun that most Northern hunters already trusted.
“A lot of us grew up using the old .303s … it was a good gun, it was a gun you could depend on,” Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod told CBC this week.
It’s a testament to the Lee-Enfield’s reliability that replacement is strikingly similar.
The Colt Canada C19 is still bolt-action, still has a wood stock and still fires 10 shots. The main differences are that it’s lighter, more accurate and has several cold weather modifications, such as a larger trigger guard to accommodate gloved hands.

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The .308 calibre C19 replaces the Lee-Enfield .303 rifle which the Canadian Rangers have used since 1947. The C19 is lighter, shorter, more precise, and more reliable in below-freezing temperatures. http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/new-canadian-ranger-rifle-being-put-through-its-paces 
Although the Lee-Enfield spent years as one of the cheaper offerings in Canadian gun shops, the rifle’s advancing age and increasing rarity has recently caused it to climb in price.
Some current listings for used Lee-Enfields put the gun at between $700 and $900 — a price comparable to a brand new higher-end bolt-action rifle
However, the gun’s retirement from the Canadian Rangers will mark the final time that a major batch of Lee-Enfields will be released to the private market.
According to the Department of Defence, some 9,500 will be turned over to cadets for use in target practice while 5,000 will be offered as gifts to Canadian Rangers holding valid gun licences.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper shoots .303 Lee Enfield rifle’s in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick
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Bully for Louisiana!

Louisiana Attorney General Denies $600 Million to Citibank, Bank of America Over Gun Control

Citibank, gun control, Bank of America

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and the state’s Bond Commission denied $600 million to Citibank and Bank of America over the gun control stance adopted by both companies.

Citibank and Bank of America were both to be part of a road financing plan in the state, but were omitted from the financial plan after arbitrarily placing new gun controls on banking customers.
Louisiana Executive Division press secretary Ruth Wisher told Breitbart News that Landry and State Treasurer John Schroder have been working on the state’s response to corporate gun control “for some time.” Omitting them from the $600 million is part of that response

On March 23, 2018, Breitbart News reported Citibank’s new gun control regulations, which require gun store customers to quit selling “high capacity” magazines in order to do business with the bank. Citibank also demanded bank store customers refuse long gun sales to anyone 18-20 years old, even though long gun sales to 18-20-year-olds are legal (and 18-20-year-olds can use fully automatic weapons in the U.S. military).

On April 13, 2018, Reuters reported that Bank of America was reworking their policy so as to end with customers “who make military-style firearms for civilians”  Bank of America does not differentiate between the fact that military rifles are fully automatic, whereas civilian firearms are only semiautomatic.
In other words, a military weapon will shoot an entire magazine of ammunition with one pull of the trigger but an AR-15 will only shoot one round per trigger pull, just like a double-action revolver.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at [email protected]. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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Poor Old England or Who in their right mind would want to be a Cop over there!

Right now, Britain is like the Wild West of Europe, and it’s been said our police have lost control of our streets.
I asked serving members of the British Police what it is like to be a police officer in the U.K. today. Their truths will make you weep.
This is Dave’s story:

“In 1999 I was suspended from the police over an allegation of assault against an Asian male who had beaten his girlfriend in the street.
“It was a night shift and I was crewed with a female probationer. Without backup or assistance, I needed to use CS spray and my baton to control the situation and arrest the man.
“My accuser is a 6ft 4” kick-boxing expert, an alleged enforcer for a local drugs baron. He’s suspected of one murder and has been convicted for various violent offences, including firearms. I am 5ft 6” and weigh 12 stone in all my kit.
“He made a complaint of racially aggravated assault and I was charged and suspended.
“I was told by my division commander, off the record, that the only reason I was being charged was because the police didn’t want to deal with the publicity of acknowledging I acted within the rules for the use of force. In fact, the force paid him £12k in compensation before the case even got to court, during which time my accuser was shot in a drugs feud and I was listed as a suspect. He survived.
“After a four-day trial at Crown Court, it took just 20 minutes for me to be found not guilty. Unanimously.
“I returned to duty broken. I lost my first marriage from the stress of it all.
“When I returned to work I was put on a race and diversity course, implying I had acted with prejudice despite the not-guilty verdict. I was also given a written warning over my conduct during the investigation.”

Now ask yourself why anyone would want to be a police officer in the UK today.
Why would anyone want to join when this is how we treat the people tasked to protect us? When crime has reached all-time highs and public trust is at an all-time low?
Machete gangs on mopeds race through London’s streets threatening to kill for a watch or phone, with no fear of recrimination. Shootings, stabbings and acid attacks are so commonplace they barely raise an eyebrow in the news. The Metropolitan Police Force has been accused of losing control of London.
And yet it has managed to assert a vice-like grip over its own employees, preventing them from speaking out about the impossible position they are in and the lack of support they receive from their seniors.
When I ask serving police officers to share their stories, they all begin the same way:

“Don’t use my name. I’ll be sacked for bringing the service into disrepute.”

I assure them I will use pseudonyms and keep their trust.
Sarah says:

“I am ashamed, as are all my colleagues. Serving officers are working in a PC environment with their hands tied behind their back, scared to actually make decisions. The police service has been destroyed and men and women who’ve given blood, sweat and tears over years have been badly let down.”

One thing is clear. Serving police officers want to get on with the job of policing and catching criminals. But they are prevented by a new breed of highly politicised police managers without practical policing experience.
A senior officer tells me:

“For many their only dealings with crime are seeing police tape on while on a stroll to get their first Frappuccino of the day. They find it hard to envision a 13-year-old armed with a machine gun and in possession of over £1,000 and quantities of drugs. They believe the screaming man they see being cuffed on the floor could be spoken to rationally or in a more friendly manner, even though that man has been off his meds for two weeks and has just been on a 72-hour crack binge.”

This new breed of police manager knows that being politically correct and putting minorities first is the path to promotion and pension:

“The new management class is obsessed with social media and political correctness instead of getting in criminals’ faces. They pander to the whims of local minorities and in many ways treat them more favourably.
“Problems are dealt with only when they get in the press. They chase after ‘victims’ who are themselves criminals and the subject of some feud, rather than deal with real victims who deserve our time.”

I am sent a photo by a serving officer in the Yorkshire Police, sick of the endless courses on Islam or Trans Acceptance he is obliged to attend, another day of policing wasted to placate his PC masters.

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Andy shares his experiences from a football match at Crystal Palace:

“We were recently sent to assist with the policing of the Brighton v. Crystal Palace football game. In the briefing our sergeant told us we must be VERY proactive in dealing with any abusive homophobic chants. If a Crystal Palace fan was heard singing anything that could be deemed homophobic, we were to take immediate and decisive action.
“During the game a man drove by chatting loudly on a mobile phone. I said to my sergeant, ‘Aren’t we going to do anything about that?’ He replied: ‘We aren’t here for that but your enthusiasm has been noted.’
“So someone singing an immature chant in a pub is a priority but a driver on his mobile phone who could run over a child is not. That’s modern policing for you. It’s all about appearance and virtue-signalling.”

Many former officers have used their extensive experience to report crime, only to be ignored:

“I spent 30 years in the force. I once rang in to report scooter thieves heading into the West End. When I eventually got through and gave a full explanation of my experience and reasons for ringing, I was met with indifference. I no longer ring. The police have given the streets up to feral, dangerous youths. London is slowly declining into the sort of third-world city we have been warned to avoid when travelling.”

Officers working in specialist units dealing with child abuse and paedophilia have watched their jobs and status deteriorate as ‘new priorities’ around diversity and sensitivity to Muslim communities take precedence:

“I am a serving Metropolitan Police officer and have worked in some of the most rewarding units in the Met, from the Vice Unit that looked after Soho (CO14) and the Paedophile Unit based at Empress State Building (ESB) in West Brompton (SCD9). These forces have been decimated by new spending priorities.
“We were a specialist unit that was 100% focused on dealing with child abuse. Now? Forget it, they are made to feel worthless. It was a detective-level role because it was serious. Now it’s staffed with PCs. It’s a disgrace. I’m in regular contact with my old friends in the paedophile unit and they all want to leave. When diversity and minorities are the priority, child abuse goes to the back of the queue.”

Many officers say they cannot wait to get out of the force, sick of seeing the job they loved so diminished. Or new recruits accepted to tick the diversity box, who would never have made it through recruitment just five years ago. White males were not even invited to a day on how to succeed at selection. Only minority, LGBT, Muslim or non-whites were free to attend.
But my inbox is also full of stories from officers who were forced out against their will, after complaints against them from those they have apprehended – like Dave, whose story we began with:

“I was a front-line officer in Telford for 12 years. I was eventually hounded out of the job for using ‘excessive’ force to save a nine-month-old child’s life.”

(A force too excessive to save a baby’s life? Now there’s a contradiction in terms.)
The lack of support from those high up the chain of command has made policing an impossible task. Police officers make split-second decisions in real time. The law judges them slowly in the comfort of the court. Barristers are paid to ‘prove’ them guilty. And then they face time inside for doing their job.
Even senior officers acknowledge that they operate in constant fear of being seen to ‘victim shame’ offenders, or to be deemed confrontational and insensitive to an offender’s needs, vulnerabilities or minority status.

“These fears have been imposed upon us by people who feel that corruption, racism, brutality and incompetence are all prevalent within the day-to-day policing of the city. This is simply not true.”

The result is officers on the street who are expected to tiptoe around these sensitivities instead of policing from a position of strength, and criminals who are perfectly aware how shackled our officers are and who know they have the right to complain on racial or minority lines.
Which is why the crime stats rise, criminals are the new victims, and, in far too many cases, the good guys wind up in the dock.