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
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)
A World War II pilot is reminiscing before school children about his days in the air force.
“In 1942,” he says, “the situation was really tough. The Germans had a very strong air force. I remember, ” he continues, “one day I was protecting the bombers and suddenly, out of the clouds, these Fokkers appeared!”
At this point, several of the children giggle.
“I looked up, and right above me was one of them. I aimed at him and shot him down. They were swarming! I immediately realized that there was another Fokker behind me!”
At this instant the girls in the auditorium start to giggle and boys start to laugh. The teacher stands up and says, “I think I should point out that ‘Fokker’ was the name of the German-Dutch aircraft company–”
“That’s true,” says the pilot, “but these fokkers were flying Messerschmidts!”