Hang on. Isn’t the U.K. up in arms about an adult going postal with a shotgun? What’s that got to do with kids—parentally supervised—participating in smooth-bore-related field sports? Dunno. But the British media’s shocked—shocked!—at the prospect. “On the day the MPs are due to debate a possible ban on shotguns for children, figures have revealed that hundreds of primary school-age children have been granted licences over the past three years,” the deccanchronicle.com reports. “Between 2008 and 2010, a total of 281 children aged 11 and under were granted licences, one of them as young as seven. Five licences were granted to eight-year-olds, 25 to those aged nine, while no fewer than 92 went to 10-year-olds. Another 158 licences were given to children aged 11.” Why that means. . .
Every single day, an average of four licences were granted to children aged under 16.
And twice on Sundays. JK. Nothing gets done on Sundays in the U.K. thanks to the soporific effects of Sunday lunch.
Still, Labour MP Thomas Docherty [above] may have managed to rouse indignant gun grabbers (are there any other kind?) with this broadside for the broadsheets, a statement accompanying his proposed legislative remedy to kiddie scattergunners:
“These are very disturbing figures. These children are below the age of criminal responsibility and yet are being issued with firearm licenses,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
“I call on the government to support my bill which would restrict access of very young children to lethal weapons,” he said.
Like . . . knives! What business do seven-year-olds have cutting their food with lethal weapons? After all, you can eat most English food with a straw. Just sayin’.