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    BBC Bias AGAIN!

    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-
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10601666
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12840557
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16604554
    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.

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    It will be interesting to see what response you get ... although I suspect I could write the platitudinous blurb myself and save the licence payer the cost of an email/stamp?

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    I expect that the BBC know all you've written to them and it'll be water off a duck's back. But that isn't a reason not to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid View Post
    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-
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10601666
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-12840557
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16604554
    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.
    Well done you - the day no-one cares enough to write in, is the day they know they are able to peddle this kind of misinformation with impunity.

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    Not so much misinformation as pishinformation......the willful peddling of almost fact and stats dressed up to shock scare or outrage...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kes View Post
    Well done you - the day no-one cares enough to write in, is the day they know they are able to peddle this kind of misinformation with impunity.
    Thank you, though I may be completely ignored we have to remember that as an organisation the BBC is responsible to the tax payer and bull**1t like this does our sport no justice and cheapens the public service obligations of the BBC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kes View Post
    Well done you - the day no-one cares enough to write in, is the day they know they are able to peddle this kind of misinformation with impunity.
    The reality with 'writing in' to the bbc is that they do not give a feck about what is outside of their agenda, ask me how I know...
    My solution was to stop watching tv and paying the licence fee, never looked back.
    A young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.
    I have summat for sale; here's the M̶i̶d̶w̶a̶y̶ Brownells UK price... effin jokers.
    "The .30-'06 is unstable at close range" - Ahahahahhahh!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid View Post
    Thank you, though I may be completely ignored we have to remember that as an organisation the BBC is responsible to the tax payer and bull**1t like this does our sport no justice and cheapens the public service obligations of the BBC.
    No 'maybe' about it, just get some wishy washy reply from an intern and they will have 'complied' with their charter.
    A young man who isn't a socialist hasn't got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn't got a head.
    I have summat for sale; here's the M̶i̶d̶w̶a̶y̶ Brownells UK price... effin jokers.
    "The .30-'06 is unstable at close range" - Ahahahahhahh!


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    A better freedom of information request would be how many, if any, of these certificate holders under eighteen have caused any trouble as a result of having a certificate. Tom

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    Would a copy to ofcom force a response?

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