“Army cadets banned from carrying rifles on Remembrance Day parade because it ‘glamorises’ weapons”

Remembrance Day is the UK equivalent of America’s Veteran’s Day. Wikipedia“Also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a Commonwealth holiday (observed in all Commonwealth countries except Mozambique) to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War.” In the UK, a member of the Royal Family lays a wreath at the Cenotaph memorial, followed by two minutes of silence. The entire country comes to a stop out of respect for the men, women and children who sacrificed their lives for freedom. A now, according to the Daily Mail, the day comes with added political correctness . . .

Army cadets have been left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after being banned from carrying rifles on a Remembrance Day parade – amid fears the weapons might ‘upset’ onlookers . . .

Devon Cadet Executive Officer Major David Waterworth put an end to the tradition after he ruled that carrying weapons was ‘not good for the image’ of cadets, who can join between the ages of 12 and 18.

He said: ‘There is no need for children to appear in public with weapons. It does upset some members of the public. There is no need for it. It doesn’t reflect our aims and ethos in the Army Cadet Force. We are not soldiers. People say it’s traditional at Remembrance parades, but there is no need to carry a weapon to remember the dead.

”I stopped it as soon as I heard they were doing it. It’s not good for our image to have children carrying weapons in public. We are not members of the Armed Forces – we are a youth movement sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.’

He added that a ruling against children carrying rifles had been in place for ten years, but had not been enforced until now.

For better or worse, this is what happens when a country stamps-out its gun culture.

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6 Responses to “Army cadets banned from carrying rifles on Remembrance Day parade because it ‘glamorises’ weapons”

  1. avatarIGB says:

    There will always be Kim for your entertainment pleasure:
    http://vimeo.com/15788525

  2. avatarRalph says:

    "There'll always be an England." Maybe not. But there will always be an Enfield, which is the only reason why England still exists.

  3. avatarWV Proud says:

    I’m not sure what could be “for better” about this pretty sad for a once free people. Disarmed police. Disarmed populace. Disarmed soldiers. I bet the “rifles” they arent allowed to carry were mere dummy training implements anyway.

    This is why an occasional calm “open carry” day is good. It causes people to become psychologically accepting of firearms carried by average citizens.
    I understand concealed carry is better tactically but some routine public exercise I’d a right keeps the right viable.

    • I was against open carry, but I've come round to your POV. After spending 18 years on the Land of Hope and Change— sorry, Glory, I've seen enough socialism to last me a lifetime. And I've mnade the connection between the 2A and our freedom.

  4. avatarLarryA says:

    For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
    But it's "Saviour of 'is country," when the guns begin to shoot;
    An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
    But Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

    R. Kipling, http://www.web-books.com/Classics/Poetry/Antholog

  5. avatara disillusioned cadet instructor says:

    been an instructor for years got my long service medal last year and i have to say the bullshit is now stacked so high you need a ladder to stay above it.
    not once on rememberance sunday did any member of public come up to us and say they dont want to see cadets with rifles
    this is just more crap from HQ land and brigades its just getting over the top with everything from health and safety to not letting cadets just get on with it there is always some ass at senior level wanting to do it there way and the only ones suffer are the cadets with us disillisioned sergeant instructors close behind.
    first chance opertunity i get i will be moving to ccf detchment somewere

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