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Shutting the Stable Door
Posted 8 September 2010
Following the Cumbrian gun massacre in June, during which Derrick Bird shot dead 12 people and inured 11 others before shooting himself, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee launched a gun control inquiry and invited contributions. In Animal Aid’s submission we drew attention to the vast gulf between the rhetoric from the pro-gun lobby suggesting UK laws are tough, rational and effective and the depressing reality. Most firearms are licensed for the 'sport shooting' of birds and mammals and for the 'control' of so called pest and vermin species. Animal Aid objects to all such activities and therefore regards virtually all gun ownership as illegitimate. But even within the context of the accepted norms, gun laws allow the virtually uncontrolled proliferation of deadly weapons, many of which end up in the hands of unstable individuals.