I read the "London police battle surge in street crime" report in the April 24 Chronicle. No wonder crime is on the rise - the British government has taken away the rights of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves.
They have confiscated all the weapons law-abiding people use to defend themselves, so they are defenseless. In fact, if a citizen does defend himself with a weapon, that person is put in jail.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that more guns bring less crime, since criminals don't know who is armed. This is a fact. A recent survey done by a prominent professor proves it.
If liberal U.S. senators like Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., get their way it will happen here too. You say it won't? That was said in England too.
Americans have to protect our 2nd Amendment rights or we will lose the right to bear arms to defend ourselves.
Persons who want to learn how to protect themselves and their families should join the National Rifle Association. It fights for your right to use firearms for self-defense.
Woodrow J. Short, Aiken, S.C.