just heard particularly annoying report on BBC radio 2 news at 5pm about children being given shotgun licences.
how often do they need to wheel this one out!?
here is my complaint to the bbc, feel free to send your own at this address- https://ssl.bbc.co.uk/complaints/for...&uid=686492713
On the 5 pm radio 2 news there was a brief announcement to the effect that 'it has become known that ''x' number of children some as young as 8 have shotgun certificates'
this is starting to be a standard lazy journalism item, popping up every year or so. here's a few BBC examples, from 1 google search-
Why is this a headline news item?
is there anything illegal in this? No.
can children have free access to guns by possesing this certificate? No. they must be supervised by an adult who ALSO has a shotgun certificate.
are there any public safety concerns? No, the reason for children to have a certificate is so that when being taught to shoot they are legally able to do so in locations away from a registered clay shooting ground (where you can shoot supervised without a certificate), such as on a farm.
does this mean that children can buy guns?
No, you must be over 18 with a certificate to buy a gun
it has long been shown, and has been accepted as fact by government that if you teach children safe use of firearms then they treat them with respect and do not end up considering them a taboo/cool/gangsta item. this is why there is no lower limit to the age. How else are we going to win Olympic gold medals at clay shooting if kids don't learn whilst young? Even the scouts, sea cadets and a number of schools teach shooting as it is a suitable activity and does not turn children into mass murderers.
I was taught to shoot as a youngster and my children are also learning safe and responsible use of firearms.
This demonising the shooting sports community in Britain is wholly unjustified and is completely out of step with the BBCs stated aims. Stop it. we are not nutters but heavily regulated people who have to allow multiple checks to be carried out on us to prove our suitability.
Stop trying to scare the public with throwaway stories like this.