An MP has called for a piece of equipment used in offices across the country to be reclassified as an offensive weapon.*boggle*
What sort of equipment? Is the laptop projector often used as a missile? Has Tippex been found to be a useful ingredient in bomb-making?
Crawley MP Henry Smith said hundreds of lives were put at risk by thugs shining laser pens in the eyes of pilots operating from Gatwick.Ah. Well, indeed. We've seen this before.
And yet, no-one's been daft enough to suggest that we reclassify them in the same category as guns! That, clearly, takes the mighty intellect of an MP grandstanding in the House:
At Home Office questions in the House of Commons, Mr Smith said: “Can you join with me in congratulating Sussex Police in the work they have been doing to tackle laser pen attacks on aircraft operating from Gatwick Airport - attacks which can potentially endanger hundreds of lives in the air and on the ground?
“And can you say what additional work your department is doing nationwide on possibly reclassifying laser pens?”I can just imagine the look of weary resignation that the HO Minister wore when he stood up to answer the old duffer:
Home Office Minister James Brokenshire replied: “Whilst we have no plans to classify lasers as offensive weapons, we are determined to see that best practice is shared between forces.”I can think of some 'best practice' I'd like to see forces take up, rather than go down the collective punishment and unnecessary regulation route again...