Already, following the Derrick Bird shooting spree in Cumbria, there have been calls for toughening of the gun laws in this country. This is the typical knee jerk reaction that we saw after Hungerford and Dunblane.
I ask you how would that help ? How would tougher laws have helped Derrick Birds victims ? Derrick Bird had, apparently, held a gun license for over 20 years with no signs that he was anything other than a law-abiding citizen. No indications that he was a risk.
There have been mass killings or attacks in the past where either guns or knives have been used and we have had legislation for years.
The UK knife legislation makes it illegal to carry certain types of knife or knives with blades over a certain size. That doesn’t stop the yobs from wandering our streets carrying everything from flick knives thru hunting knives to samurai swords. It didn’t stop a machete wielding individual from attacking children in a Wolverhampton school.
There will always be bad people out there who will circumvent all the legal controls to get what they want. And then there are the folks who just explode into bad actions as a result of drugs, alcohol, mental or anger issues.
You cannot legislate for spontaneous events which, so far, the events in Cumbria appear to have been.
Ever since the awful shootings that took place in Cumbria this week there have been dissenting voices who have some how made this out to be the fault of the police. i.e. Where were the police ?, Why didn’t the police do something ? and so on. In my opinion there is no way that the police could have stopped this from happening.
Derrick Bird was not walking around with a label stating “I am a homicidal maniac”. Even after he had shot his first victim, although the police would have been called, nobody knew he was just starting out on a killing spree. I’m sure that the police may have began to wonder, when the 2nd call was received, but they still wouldn’t have known how far this was going to go.
Some bright sparks have asked why the police didn’t implement road blocks to prevent Bird from getting to his later victims. How would they do that in an area criss crossed with hundreds of country lanes ? It is only with the power of hindsight and the news media produced maps that one can see the direction Bird was travelling. Despite what we are shown on programs such as “24” the police can’t just call for satellites to be repositioned so that the perp can be intercepted. Lets recognise also that they are human beings just like you and me. They may have special training but that doesn’t turn them into super beings. We are light years away from having a force comprised of “robocops”. At the time all the police could do was take in the reports of where he had been. Also, we now know that there are some 30 crime scenes. How would any police force have coped with that many incidents even spread as they were over three hours ?
I for one am sick to death of people giving the police a hard time. Its time they were given the recognition they deserve.
Congratulations to Don Wales and his team who on Saturday set a new record of 86.069 mph. However on Sunday they went even faster, reaching 87.833 mph (141.353) km/h.
BBC News Article Here
Good luck to Don Wales and his record breaking attempt at Pendine Sands in Carmarthenshire this weekend.
Don is attempting to take a petrol driven mower into the record books and recorded a speed of 86.069mph yesterday. He plans to make an attempt to break the 100mph barrier today. Full story can be read here
Once again the sights and sounds of the British countryside under attack. By whom you may ask. Why, the townies, the part-time residents who purchase second homes just so they can use the countryside as their own personal recreation site.
These are the same folks presumably who put up with the ever-present honking of horns in perpetual traffic jams that blight our city centres, the incessant wailing of emergency service sirens and the boom boom boom of over powered stereo systems that appear to be installed in most hot hatches.
Presumably the typical city cacophony is acceptable while it appears that the perfectly natural sound of a cockerel is too much for them to bear according to this article
Well go back to the city is what I say. What on earth did you expect when you bought a place in the country. The countryside is full of many strange noises and smells all of which should be treasured.
Where I live we have the sounds of pheasants calling, jays chattering away as they beat a hasty flight through the trees. Even those cute little squirrels can kick up quite a din when they are agitated, hissing at next doors cat or even other squirrels. What about the owls screeching in the night, and who hasn’t felt the shivers run down their spine at the eery call of the vixen. As I write this, there are dozens, if not hundreds of birds singing their hearts out despite having joined the dawn chorus which must have started around 04:30 this morning.
Are these the next sounds to come under the disapproving glare of the townies as their idyllic tranquility is disturbed by nature, what on earth did they expect to see and hear when they opted to step outside the city limits ?
Will nature have to give way to some kind of enforced sonic curfew to satisfy these idiots ?
The countryside is a noisy place. Get used to it.
This makes sense….. NOT !!!
- 2 teenage delinquents damage a cross and write sexual and rascist comments in prayer books at Blackburn Cathedral.
- They are sentenced for this criminal act and the JP (chair of the bench) in his summation said ‘normal people would think that you were scum’
- The clerk of the court chastised the JP for use of inappropriate language and encouraged the parent of one of the delinquents to make a formal complaint.
So does common sense prevail …… Nope.
The mother complains, The JP is now unable to chair the bench until this nonsense is resolved.
In my view, the clerk overreacted and certainly overstepped the mark. The JP certainly was reflecting the views of the wider public.
Already a parent of one of the miscreants has supported the views of the JP and I applaud the fact that he has made this view known. So many parents take the view that the own “little johnny” can do no wrong.
We need a few more like this JP. (Full Story)