Darn if this isn’t one for the books. Where do I begin?
I’ll just share the story. Except to say, right on Smith. That’ll put a dent in crime and discourage the would be bad guys who want to own or learn about guns.
You’ll save the country with that move. (snicker)
They are sooooooooo delusional here.
WH Smith bans under 14s from buying shooting magazines despite no age restrictions on owning guns
By Emma Clark
WH Smith has banned children from buying magazines about shooting – even though it is legal for them to own a gun.
Britain’s biggest newsagent has introduced an over-14s limit on all copies of country sports magazines following a campaign by animal rights activists.
The retailer, whose founding family owned a highly prized shoot in Buckinghamshire, will enforce the restriction on hobby magazines including Shooting Times, because it understood children are not allowed to obtain a firearms certificate until they are 14.
However under the current law, there is no minimum age for applying for a shotgun certificate in the UK, although children under 18 are banned from owning or buying their own gun and under-14s must be supervised when using one.
The decision to grant a licence rests with a senior police officer.
Shooting enthusiasts have questioned why the high street chain does not restrict the sale of motoring magazines such as Top Gear to those old enough to drive.
Christopher Graffius, of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation, told WH Smith, said: ‘It is extraordinary that in WH Smith you can buy a car magazine at any age, despite the age limit of 17 for driving.
‘You can also buy war magazines which depict the killing of people, yet WH Smith is concerned about children buying shooting magazines, a legal and Olympic sport.
‘At the recent party conferences, frontbench spokesmen and government ministers sang the praises of shooting sports for the sense of responsibility and discipline that they encourage in the children who take them up.’
He added that it also causing offence to adult shooters who are stopped at auto-scan tills and asked to prove their age.
Across the country thousands of young people are involved in the sport at shooting clubs and with the cadet corps and Scouts.
At the London Olympic Games this summer Peter Wilson put the sport under the limelight after winning gold in the double trap, having started the sport when he was still a schoolboy.
It all seemed so dumb, well of course it is, but the following line tells us what we need to know. Doesn’t it?
The usual hand wringing, weepy eyed bed wetters on the left.
The move comes after Animal Aid, Britain’s largest animal rights organisation, published a report earlier this year labelling that country sports magazines as ‘pro-violence’ and having a ‘corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds’.
It argued that titles promoting guns should be put on the top shelf alongside pornography and restricted to over-18s in the report, titled ‘Gunning for Children: How the gun lobby recruits young blood’.
A WH Smith spokesman told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘As part of our commitment to operate our business responsibly, we have a till prompt on shooting titles.
‘It asks our store teams to check that the customer is 14 years old or over, based on this being the legal age at which someone can possess a firearms certificate.’
Words are not needed here so:
I’d walk up to the counter with a couple of gun and porn magazines, and thank the clerk for putting all of my interests in one convenient spot in the store.
Hey, you might as well have fun with their stupidity…
Trouble is the terrorists are never appeased. They will find another target soon.