Put yourself in Simon Berni’s shoes. You’re renovating your uncle’s home in Dinas Powys (Wales, outside Cardiff) when you come upon a stash of . . . guns! Behind a wall! In the UK no less! “There were eight shelves absolutely chock-a-block with firearms and ammunition. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I’d rather have found a big stack of money but it was still quite something. The guns obviously belonged to somebody who knew what they were doing as they were all greased and beautifully wrapped in newspaper.” Newspaper dated just after the Dunblane massacre. And the former owner of the home and the guns — thirty shotguns and at least four pistols — didn’t need the British equivalent of Willard Scott to see which way the wind was blowing . . .
Police think the guns had been unregistered and their owner hid them out of fear that they would be confiscated in the wake of the tragedy at the primary school where 16 children and one teacher were shot dead.
Whew. Good thing nothing like that could happen here.
But all’s well that end’s well, eh? That veritable arsenal of assault shotguns and military-style pistols is headed for the smelter where they belong. Kinda makes you wonder how many people on this side of the pond are doing a little sheetrock work in their own homes these last few weekends given the latest governmental efforts at civilian disarmament.
Say, is that plaster dust on your shoulder?