History buffs will recall that Britain confiscated most of its subjects’ privately-owned firearms in the years between the World Wars. So effectively was the populace disarmed that most of them would have been defenseless against the planned German invasion of the British Isles, codenamed Operation Sea Lion.
War Ministry officials were so alarmed at the paucity of firearms in British hands in the early 1940s that they appealed to American civilians to donate their rifles and pistols to the training and armament of British civil-defense forces. Americans answered the call and donated tonnes of weapons to their British cousins. Luckily for all, Germany never established naval or air superiority over the British, and Operation Sea Lion was never undertaken.
Britain is hardly facing a Nazi army of crusty bagels and stringy beef, but its laughable and lamentable history of civilian disarmament continues apace.
If the Land Of Hope And Glory does find itself menaced by millions of un-cuttable roasts and rolls gathering on the beaches of Pas de Calais, they’d better not ask America to ride to the rescue again. They’ll have to beat their plowshares back into butter knives this time around.