Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Banging away at it

Just read this post over at Social Dispatch. Its pretty obvious what he's on about, but if you want to guess, go and have a read now, then come back here to finish this one.

OK, now you know what it is, I have to say I agree. Many moons ago, before Dunblane, I used to go to a little outdoor range, borrow a pistol, and spend a couple of hours plinking targets. I didn't feel like a big macho guy, I certainly didn't do it to impress my peers (cos they were all waaay better than me) or the ladies who were there (yes there were a few, about 15% of the membership, and yes, they were much better than me too) but I did it for the satisfaction of being able to hit that little target 20 metres away.

Was there any benefit in this sport? Other than self-satisfaction, skill and self-disipline, no, not really. But having said that, is there any real benefit in, say, horse riding? No. So we should put down all the horses then? I mean, more than a few people have been killed or horrifically injured by horses, so put them all down, ban horse racing and horse riding? Given enough time I could probably think up reasons just as compelling as Dunblane to ban at least 50% of sports and pasttimes in the UK. But these reasons are one-offs. So why were handguns picked out, after a one-off tragedy that could have, and indeed should have, been easily avoided using the laws that were in force at the time, if they had been followed properly (I'm not going to launch into a discussion of the police failings leading up to that tragedy - you can find them yourselves quite easily).

After the banning of legally held handguns, the number of such weapons in the country has risen exponentially. So that law worked well then.

To (probably mis-)quote, "When swords are outlawed, only outlaws will have swords" can be applied to guns, and indeed to knives, and swords today. As a result of a vocal, screaming minority, and a bunch of gutless imbeciles in Parliment who have little idea of the real world outside their comfortable metropolis, the majority of the law-abiding population are at the mercy of those who can and do flout the law without any fear of legal reprisals.

It is time to realise that banning guns has not made the streets safer, and banning knives will not do so either. Only police (properly attested, fully empowered constables, not PSCOs) out of the station arresting those doing wrong, and courts gaoling them will make the streets safer.

Otherwise, the population lives in fear of both the scroates, and the law.


info said...

I'm inclined to agree - making something illegal does not make it go away, it usually just means that only those with criminal or malicious intent end up with access to it.

I read once (I think it was a Bill Bryson book, but I'm not 100%) that Canada has the highest number of licensed guns per capita and the lowest number of crimes/deaths using guns...

Interesting, but then I also read once (Vic Reeves I think and I am 99.965% sure) that statistics show that 47.8% of statistics are made up.

Make of that what you will :o)

Ecparamedic said...


Thanks for linking to the post, I was unsure of the reception I would get when I posted that piece. Both of the guys who have replied on it are used to military equipment making bowel moving bangs which quite frankly doesn't float my boat.

My own experience is much like your own, though I do also hunt (it all gets eaten) which apparently puts me just above a paedophile in the eyes of the press and the great unwashed who believe every word of drivel they print.

This countries lack of support for the gold medal winning marksmen such as Malcolm Cooper (now sadly deceased) and Mick Gault disgusts me when they will quite happily pour millions of pounds and acres of print into sports that we are rubbish at.

I'm going to link your site into my blogroll so will be popping back from time to time.