Bats, sticks and folding shovels is what UK consumers voted for. See link to Movers and Shakers in Amazon.co.uk Sports department. Sales are up 10 to 1000 fold. Forget about trail mix, compasses and powdered milk.
Citizens had yielded the right to use violence to their police.
The state failed to protect them.
(Item 2 is the Tonfa Police defense weapon) (Some bats would be bought by would-be rioters too).
If handguns were legal, they would be selling too. Remember Sherlock Holmes carried a pistol.