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.
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 gun lobby.
I thought it was irresponsible of Chief Constable Ian
Oliver of Grampian
to suggest that a ban on holding guns
was asking too much. On what criterion does he base such a
preposterous conclusion? If I lived in Grampian I would be
calling for his resignation.
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
allowing everyone to buy guns; we all
know what is the more preferable.
18 Shore Road