In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, which included a largely unsuccessful strike against a soccer match attended by President François Hollande, British law enforcement are rolling out a newly equipped elite counter-terrorism squad. The Scotland Yard unit made an appearance at a game between England and France at Wembley Stadium.
Of course, the United Kingdom is not known for giving the average officer on the street firepower. And the pundits at The Daily Mail seemed plenty scared by the anti-terror squad, shrilly noting the “female ‘robocops’ dressed in military fatigues” who “came out of the shadows” following the attacks. While we maintain that a lawful armed citizenry is the ultimate defense, we applaud a robust response against terror—even one that highlights just how far the UK still has to go.