The usual calls for the government to 'tackle' and 'send a message' to offenders have been strongly promoted by the media. The truth that is so often ignored is that legislative action such as harsher sentencing regarding weapons related offenses will not dissuade those who are willing to commit murder from carrying and using them. The only thing that would dissuade an attacker during the course of an attack would be if the victim were to have been armed and ready to defend him or herself, something the government has made impossible to legally do.
Those in favour of self-defence rights need to send a message to the government demanding that weapon legislation should consider the legitimate need for such items for self-defence. Make sure to write to your MP and sign our petitions below.