Unfortunately, it didn't prevent my daughter's 13 year old friend from being killed accidentally with an Air Rifle earlier this year. Very sad and traumatic for the entire community.You can see the discussion on the GMB web site, its about 8 min long. Highly emotive, very understandably, as the parents of a young boy who was killed were speaking about their campaign to change the laws on airguns , wanting them to be locked away.
Mike repeatedly made it clear that law had already been changed after this incident, with the intent of keeping airguns out of the hands of those under 18 not authorised by the owner to use them, and there was no need to tighten the laws further.
There is your problem in a nutshell "Kids view weapons from an X Box/Play station perspective " Youngsters are not schooled in proper responsible use of weapons anymore - in my day they used to allow air guns to be used under close supervision at cubs and scouts and at the local youth club - so kids grew up knowing that they weren't toys.Ditto ,6 grandkids and no access to mine ,all locked away till ratty needs a lead pil.Kids are curious and view weapons from a X box ,Play station perspective so to get their mitts on a air rifle/pistol without supervision is a recipe for disaster Imho .The only issue is the sheer volume of air weapons already in the public domain and the "its only an airgun" mentality of some who dont recognise the danger