As an Englishman who's never felt the need to own a gun, I'm glad the UK does have tight gun laws, seeing as having laws that are more relaxed in that respect must increase the odds of a gun coming into the hands of a dangerous lunatic.

Besides, how would any law-abiding citizen have been able to stop any of the recent well-publicized terrorist attacks on its soil even if the UK's gun laws were less strict - unless of course they were laid back enough to enable a civilian to carry a loaded gun legally in a public place? (Even a lot of Americans don't appear to like the idea of this, and I've found that in some cases, it's because it might be harder for the police, upon arriving at a shooting scene, to tell right away who the instigator was - which could happen if, say, Person A went berserk with a gun and was shot by Person B, and Person C then mistakenly assumed Person B was the culprit and shot him because Person C, due to having had his back turned when the trouble broke out, didn't realize that Person B hadn't started it. If someone then shot Person C because he was furious that Person C had just killed or injured an innocent person, things could really escalate from that point.)

Many of our police officers are armed while on duty, however, and that's good enough for me.

As for the authors of this article, it may well be that they are not *worried* about conspiracy theories, but simply interested in them and why the proportion of people swallowing them seems to be on the rise - as I am to a degree. (I'm actually here because I was searching for articles about the psychology behind the tendency to fall for conspiracy theories because I thought such an article would make for a bit of light relief - something often sorely needed considering all the doom and gloom we're bombarded with these days.)

I do agree that immigration levels in Britain (and at least several other countries in the West) are too high, though.