Children will be banned from watching shooting events under Boris Johnson's Olympic ticket giveaway.And you’ll never guess why?
Giving children tickets to the events, at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, could have appeared at odds with Mayor Boris Johnson's bid to quell teenage gun and knife crime.Only with people who have no sense of proportion or common sense.
And when did anyone ever thing it was a good idea to listen to people like that?
Georgina Geikie, 26, a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and Olympic pistol hopeful, said she was "horrified", adding: "This is a chance for children to look at guns in a different way. They are taking away the opportunity for the sport to blossom. How do we educate people that it is a sport if they cannot watch it?"Good question. Particularly when, if they never, ever see anyone using a gun responsibly (but do view as many gangsta rap music videos as they could possibly want), the glamour will be all the more attractive…
David Penn, secretary of the British Shooting Sports Council, said: "There is no link between Olympic-level shooting and crime. It's like saying that a thief would use a Formula One car as a getaway car."Better not go giving them ideas, chum.
But Danny Bryan, founder of Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime said: "I agree with Boris. It is good kids should enjoy the Games but there's no way we should glorify guns."They are a part of the games. You’ll have to live with that.
Telling kids that they can’t watch this part of the games just gives guns the glamour and ‘forbidden fruit’ mystique that you are supposedly fighting against, you ignorant, publicity-hungry cretin!