Borrowed from Wikipedia:
The Stockholm Syndrome is a psychological shift that occurs in captives when they are threatened gravely but shown acts of kindness by their captors. Captives who exhibit the syndrome tend to sympathize with and think highly of their captors, at times believing that the captors are showing them favor stemming from inherent kindness. Such captives fail to recognize that their captors' choices are essentially self-serving. When subjected to prolonged captivity, these captives can develop a strong bond with their captors, in some cases including a sexual interest.
Now, leaving aside the sexual interest, does any of this sound familiar with respect to shooters (as capitives) and FLDs (as captors)?
To me, there do seem to be parallels (rather than similarities; for not we, but our freedoms, are the threatened captives of the FLDs) when I think about 'conditioned' mentoring, territorial, quarry and ammunition quantity restrictions and other such irritations which serve no purpose in terms of public order but do cause annoyance and inconvenience to FAC-holders.
I consider myself very fortunate in that my relationship with the local Licensing Department is cordial and mutually respectful; by which I mean that we have in the past had marked disagreements which have been resolved satisfactorily after warm discussion and reference to law and HO Guidance.
It is, of course, necessary to bear in mind that the clerks in the FLD are just that, and that although the FLOs themselves are acting under direction from the Chief Constable via their Boss, their word is not law, and that polite, well-reasoned counter-arguments might not be so badly receieved as one might think; in Manchester, at least.
So, who's for Stockholm Syndrome, and who's for polite, assertive use of the HO Guidance and Law to produce safe, convenient FAC administration?