Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Nanny Bans Replica Guns
In this age of fear and panic, whipped up by Nanny and a careless/slipshod media, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are elements of society who cower behind their curtains fearful of deranged gunmen and terrorists wandering the streets ready to slaughter thousands.
Common sense, and the concept of looking at the statistical probability of being shot/blown up have been thrown out of the window.
This point is amply demonstrated by the recent problems arising in Pickering, in Ryedale Yorkshire, over their regular war weekend where people dress in wartime uniform, complete with replica Second World War firearms.
Needless to say, one resident has got herself worked up by Nanny's scare stories and complained about the replica guns.
Margaret Devonshire wrote to both the town council and Ryedale's police commander, Inspector Helen Taylor, asking for the weapons to be banned.
"Why does the council allow people to roam the streets of Pickering during the war weekend, holding guns?
In this day and age when you can't tell the difference between a real and a replica gun, it should not be allowed and the council should ban them."
Miss Devonshire made the same complaint last year too, something of a hobby for her by the sound of it.
She went on:
"With all the shootings and killings in this country, we should be thinking of our own youngsters and trying to protect them. I am not a fanatic, but someone who totally dislikes guns and the danger they bring, and I object to them on the streets of Pickering for any reason.
I want Pickering to be a safe town to live in and not one where people can carry guns.
Can you imagine how easy it would be for a 'nutter' to wander around our streets with a gun and end up shooting someone because he was able to carry a real gun, everyone thinking it was a replica."
Former mayor Coun Margaret Lowe joined in:
"We take such a lot on trust. We have thousands of visitors come into Pickering for the weekend. Such an incident could happen."
Indeed it could, maybe, but then again it could happen if the maniac concealed his weapon too.
The banning of the prominent display of guns will not alter the risk of a nutter wandering down the street with a concealed weapon, and shooting the place up.
The ban only assuages the fears in the minds of a few paranoid people, by taking away the public display of an object that they dislike.
The risk factor of being slaughtered has not changed one iota!
The mayor, Coun Julie Hepworth, caught the paranoia too:
"We should probably stop and think about this.
We are seeing young people dying on our streets."
Yes we are seeing young people dying on the streets (not thousands though), but these young people are usually involved in gang violence and are invariably being killed by knives.
Guns or knives used in these gang killings are concealed, therefore again the risk factor will not change simply because you have banned the public display of replica weapons at a special event.
Why are other events around the country allowed to proceed?
Cutlasses are used during a seafaring festival in Whitby, and the Sealed Knot battle re-enactment group used muskets and pikes.
Using Miss Devonshire's "logic", all films that are shot in public places would have to ban replica guns and weapons too.
The police check the replicas for use at the war weekend first.
Sgt Gary Ridler, of Ryedale police, said:
"The issue of the de-activated weapons has been broached on numerous occasions and we are normally given due notice that the relevant people will be carrying them.
There are no offences being committed."
Therefore in order for someone to bring in a real gun, he would have to conceal it; which is exactly what he would do on a non war weekend.
Again, to repeat myself, the risk factor for being slaughtered by a nutter does not change by banning replica weapons at this one off event.
As ever in the Nanny state, one person with an axe to grind over "risk" seems to have a disproportionate amount of influence over the majority.
That is not a healthy state of affairs.