Children Banned From Shooting Events in 2012 Ticket Giveaway

There is no link between Olympic-level shooting and crime. It’s like saying that a thief would use a Formula One car as a getaway car.

David Penn, British Shooting Sports Council

Olympic pistol hopeful and Commonwealth Games medallist Georgina Geikie.

For some strange reason, British authorities see trained marksmen firing weapons at targets as somehow enticing children to commit violent crime.  While this strange bout of logic (something about shooting events “glorifying guns”) may seem odd to those of us familiar with the U.S. Bill of Rights, I somewhat understand Britain’s apprehensiveness about guns.  I mean, the last time Britannia let her people have guns, America happened.  Still, I tend to agree with Olympic shooting hopeful Georgina Geikie in that “this is a chance for children to look at guns in a different way.”

Fear, in any form, tends to spring from ignorance and misinformation, and teaching children that guns are tools to be respected is a step in the right direction.  We could probably use some of that education in this country as well.

Read the full story here (via the London Evening Standard)

Posted on October 26, 2011, in Politics, Sports and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. We started a marksmanship program at our school and it’s the best thing we have done. Our best students our our best shooters and we are very proud of the job they are doing in the classroom and on the range.

  2. I believe that discipline and respect often coincides with weapons training. Interestingly enough, my high school (in the wake of the Columbine incident) has since banned rifle teams, in both drill and marksmanship–including JROTC teams taught by actual military weapons trainers.

    The guns aren’t the problem, just ask any competitive shooter from the UK (who, incidentally, have to travel abroad to practice), it’s the ignorant people who abuse them.

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