probably protection racket
... Task Force?
Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch:
"We can guarantee you that not a single armoured division will get done over for fifteen bob a week."
I wonder if they threatened the guard with harming his tank
Two masked men dressed in Santa hats robbed a royal guard of his automatic weapon in Stockholm last night. The pair mounted a successful surprise attack on the guard, The Local reports. "This is serious. I have a hard time believing it is a prank. It might be premeditated," said appropriately-named local police commander …
What happens when you push such a guard too far? Not much, it seems.
I remember hearing from the militia soldiers guarding embassies in Switzerland after 9/11. Their gun was sometimes loaded, but their instructions pretty much were that no matter what happened, they should not shoot. Now think carefully: What is the point of the gun being loaded in this case? Does it make for a more secure or a less secure world?
I used to work with someone who used to be a Welsh Guard, at Buck Palace. Their guns are always loaded. Apparently they warn you the first time. "stop what you are doing, i am a member of the welsh guard, we are armed protectors of her majesty the queen, and we are authorised to protect the queen with use of our weapon*" Command you the second time. Hit you with the butt of their rifle the third time. Then shoot to kill the forth time.
*this is a wildely inaccurate paraphrase, the guy remembered what was said exactly, (10) years later, but that was the general idea of what was said.
Appologies for being anon, but, you know...
While not the same situation, I recall the incident when the Queen was riding in a procession with the Horse Guard behind her and some nutter with a handgun jumped out of the crowd. The Horse Guard kept in formation.
They know they are a ceremonial guard, with the primary function to look good, and likely to face a LOT of trouble if they shoot an over-enthusiastic drunk, for example.
Yep, mine's the one without weapons.
Over here in Yankland pretty much we have the opposite problem. There are areas around military bases (mostly around nuclear stuff) where you are shot on site no questions asked. Hell a generation ago it was ok for the police to shooting a fleeing felon in the back whether he was armed or not.
"I don't know what level of force the robbers used and if they made threats, but firing a gun is the last course of action," said a spokesman for the royal guards.
well the robbers didn't include julian assange then, who would have been marched off to the american embassy
I agree with the other posters about how guns are used over here.
It's almost weekly if not monthly that cops come on to a persons property by invitation and end up shooting and killing the family dog or actually shooting the people who called them in the first place.
In a recent case a dog was in a yard without a leash but the yard had an invisible fence. The cop shot and killed the dog because "he didn't know there was in invisible fence".
Now really, what the heck is a dog going to do to a police officer? Unless the cops are going over in bicycle shorts and tank tops they already wear enough that should protect them from a savage attack and if all else I can see putting the dog down but not just because it comes at you.
Trigger happy, Taser happy. You don't hear about postal workers and utility employees putting down dogs that they have interactions with.
You may have some misconceptions of Sweden. Apart from the fact that they started off exporting Vikings, which was an extremely effective combat weapon for about 1000 years, they have continued with production of effective weapons to the present day
A certain Alfred Nobel was Swedish (inventor of Gelignite and Dynamite, plus other explosives - he came up with the Peace prize for the lulz), Sweden has Bofors (famous for rapid firing cannon), Husqvarna (not just outdoor tools) and Saab aircraft, including the Gripen, a reasonable competitor to most modern multirole combat aircraft. Then there is the Visby stealth corvette....
There are more but that will be doing to get on with.
Erm.. yeh he invented Dynamite and Gelignite for mining purposes and was devistated when they were used to harm humans instead of blow up big chunks of rock, he invented the peace prize because he didn't like war and thought peace was worth celebrating.
The Bofors was extremely effective... in World War2 when we used to use such things and Airplanes didn't rule the sea and sky. The latest model of the Gripen is "alright" and the Visby is nothing to write home about (most modern countries employ a ship with the same role - Check out the U.S. Sea Shadow)... all of which wouldn't help vs a maurading Santa surely?
the police don't usually shoot people quite as freely as they do in the land of the free and the home of the brave - the SOP is rather to dispatch them by sitting on them or holding them in such way that they can't breathe while on the way to the pokey, as in the case of Johan Liljeqvist a couple of years ago. But I am sure an exception could be made for Mr Assange - in the event he is extradited here from the UK and if our masters in Washington decide not to deal with him themselves....
Just what point is there in being a guard with a loaded weapon and a sharp bayonet if you are so lazy, stupid and dim witted that you don't use it when clearly you should. What would have happened if the two santas had then shot/stabbed him and proceeded into the palace? What do they want with the gun - who will they shoot now? The guard is so totally incompetant that he should be locked up and the key thrown away.
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