While I agree with your editorial (14 August) that the majority of
the public wanted only one recommendation from the House of Commons
home affairs select committee, that is a complete and unequivocal
ban on the holding of all handguns, a considerable minority would
prefer a complete ban on all guns, gun clubs and gun sports.
In fact, a far greater number prefer that type of ban than wish to
retain gun licences, clubs and sports. LINK
It seems as though certain politicians
and senior police officers are attempting to pre-empt the result of
the Dunblane inquiry by their premature outbursts in support of the
For example, I thought it was irresponsible
of Chief Constable Ian Oliver of Grampian to suggest that a ban on
holding guns was asking too much. LINK
On what criterion does he base such a preposterous conclusion?
If I lived in Grampian I would be calling for his resignation.
Anyone who has not grown out of his
childish fetish for possessing guns is surely unstable and should
not only be prevented from obtaining a gun licence, but ought to be
ordered to report at fixed intervals to a psychiatrist.
The only even-handed way to deal with
guns is to either have a total ban or abolish gun laws, allowing everyone
to buy guns; we all know what is the more preferable. LINK
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