Parent and youth groups have condemned a shooting group for offering shotgun and air rifle lessons to eight-year-olds.Yes. Because teaching kids the responsible handling of firearms is the wrong thing to do!
Who’s up first?
Fredi Nwaka, from the Fathers Together group, which runs a Fathers Against Guns campaign, said: “I think it is absolutely ridiculous and should be called off. Children are extremely impressionable and this group needs to very careful what they promote.
“Guns are extremely powerful and a lot of adults get a huge rush from firing them. That’s why many will go to ranges.
“But children are not fully developed and getting them into guns at that age is a recipe for disaster.”Well, no. Not if you are teaching them the responsible handling of firearms, it’s not.
Or would you rather they learned that from TV, video games and rap music videos on YouTube?
Chrissie Hall, from the Infer Trust anti-firearms group, said: “It is potentially very dangerous because they are normalising and glorifying the use of guns.
“Eight-year-olds can’t go and watch films which depict gun violence but they can get hold of a deadly weapon and shoot things – it just doesn’t seem right.”Yes, you’re clearly right, no eight-year-old in this country has ever viewed a violent film…
A spokeswoman for Mothers Against Murder and Aggression (Ed: Odd name. Isn’t that a given? Or is there a group out there called ‘Mothers for Murder and Aggression’…?) said: “Playing with guns is not something that eight-year-olds should be doing.
I can think of hundreds of other activities they could do instead between 9am and 4.40pm.”Like mugging, knifing, vandalising..?
Sussex Police said that they had no problems with the event being held as long as the organisers had “safety in mind” .Well, quite! You can never be too careful where firearms are concerned, can you?
The event, which costs £20, will also include gun dog and foxhound demonstrations, fly casting tuition and falconry.Great! Now all the anti—blood sports people can have a moan as well…