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Police Call For Teenage Muslim Video Game Players To Own Guns

by | 22nd, November 2010

ADRIAN Whiting, Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset Police, says ten year olds are of fit mind to own and operate guns. The Mail says there is “fury” at this opinion.

Can the Mail be against teaching the youth to shoot and so win gold medals for Team GB at the London Olympics and beyond? That’s not very patriotic is it?  Next thing you know the Mail will be sounding fury over archery and darts.

The Mail likes the sound of fury and cocks an ear to Lucy Cope, founder of Mothers Against Guns. (Mothers For Guns were too busy to respond.) Says she:

I’m thoroughly disappointed with this senior police officer. I completely disagree with him. I don’t think a ten-year-old is responsible enough to have a firearm. Why do we want to teach them how to fire guns?”

Dunno. Maybe it’s for the same reason adults want to fire guns: to hurt things, hit targets and have fun.

And then this:

Currently children as young as ten can possess a licence to fire a shotgun, as long as they are supervised by a licence-holding adult over 21.

So. The ten-year-old can already have a gun. Mr Whiting would have it that the nippers can also fire guns that fire bullets.

And then this:

Children can make use of various exemptions to UK gun law to use shotguns and firearms at any age. Effectively, there are no lower limits in either group at present.

Children under the age of 15 must be supervised by an adult when using a shotgun, but the adult does not need to be a shotgun certificate holder.

But what about the murdering kids? Here comes Assistant Chief Constable Sue Fish. And the Mail selects a quote from her address to the Home Office Affairs Select Committee into Derrick Bird’s murder of 12 people in Cumbria. Mr Bird was 52. She is asked about shoot ‘em up video games, which Mr Bird did not play:

“My sense is that I find [such games] extremely distasteful, and I cannot help but feel that they cannot help the situation.”

And in one hit the Mail has created a made-for-media panic about children with guns and linked the potential for murder to video games.

If the Daily Express can investigate whether or not Muslim ten-year-olds are allowed to fire guns, the fury can be cranked up…

spotter: Karen

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