From the December, 2012 issue of American Hunter:
“Animal Aid, Great Britain’s largest animal rights extremist group, is demanding that hunting magazines be removed from their typical spots on store shelves-within the hobby and interest sections-and be repositioned to the top shelf, away from the prying eyes of children next to other “dirty” magazines. Claiming that images depicting hunters and-gasp!- children standing proudly over legally bagged game amounts to “shooting porn”, these extremists adamantly believe that “children who kill animals for sport in urban areas are considered dysfunctional and a social menace”. As the continuing trend in Great Britain is one of decline in hunter numbers and public support, it seems only a matter of time until these magazines, and the hunting lifestyle in its entirety, may find their way to the endangered species list in the United Kingdom.”
“Animal rights activists convinced a British newsagent to stop selling shooting and hunting magazines to minors under 14-years-old. WH Smith will continue to sell car magazines to minors who cannot drive, but will no longer sell gun magazines to kids who can shoot and hunt with parental supervision.THISISCORNWALL.CO.UK reports:”Country sports enthusiasts are furious at a decision by Britain’s biggest newsagent to ban children from buying shooting magazines after a campaign by animal rights activists.WH Smith says youngsters…”
Then there’s this article which puts the age higher, but I suspect that is an error:
Over in the United Kingdom, a major magazine vendor, buckling to bullying from fur huggers is now refusing to sell hunting and firearms-related publications to anyone under 18 years of age, is demanding identification from adults who buy them and is stacking such magazines with the pornography publications. More about that in a moment…..
Meanwhile, across the pond, the WH Smith company is taking heavy criticism from British hunting and sporting groups for adopting its policy on gun and hunting-related magazines because the nation’s largest anti-hunting group, Animal Aid, successfully demonized youth hunting. According to This is Cornwall, Animal Aid published a report titled Gunning For Children: How the gun lobby recruits young blood. That report insisted the gun and hunting magazines should be “put on the top shelf alongside pornography, and banned for sale to under-18s,” the news organ said.
A spokesman for WH Smith claimed there was no intent to act as a censor, but said the firm “seeks to do its best to satisfy all of its customers who often have strongly opposing views. We aim to display all of our magazines in locations where they are accessible to those who want to buy them, but do not offend those who do not.”
Whatever the excuse, it is irrational and silly.
However under the current law, there is no minimum age for applying for a shotgun certificate in the UK, although children under 18 are banned from owning or buying their own gun and under-14s must be supervised when using one.
The decision to grant a licence rests with a senior police officer.
Shooting enthusiasts have questioned why the high street chain does not restrict the sale of motoring magazines such as Top Gear to those old enough to drive, the Sunday Telegraph has reported.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2217612/WH-Smith-bans-14s-buying-shooting-magazines-despite-age-restrictions-owning-guns.html#ixzz2LIEH3zL3
Over here, we have Biden telling us that all we need is a double barreled shotgun, that firing warning shots with that will scare any intruders away and keep us safe enough. I’m not sure warning shots are legal, and I am reasonably sure my girls would have trouble with the recoil.
More importantly, we don’t have to justify gun ownership based on need. We have the 2nd amendment. And, as is all too common, Biden doesn’t know what he’s talking about:
Some of the theoretical advantages of the double barrels vanish in the hunting field, as least as far as I’m concerned. Citoris and 686′s both have recoil actuated single triggers, so the ability to fire past a bad cartridge is gone, as are most defective cartridges. The theoretical “two choke advantage” is also muted because the firing order is usually pre-set and flushing birds don’t always flush the same way, and passing shots have infinite variables as well. Guns with double triggers, of course, sidestep both of these issues.
Additionally, we have a barrel regulation issue. Barrels in a double gun are set to converge their patterns at the same point of impact at a fixed yardage, at least they are supposed to. Proper regulation is a painstaking process, done by hand and tested by firing in a quality double. Unfortunately, it varies more then we would like to think in cheap doubles.
The single and double triggers in double guns allow faster follow up shots than any repeater with target and light field loads. However, the longer time it takes to acquire the second target due to the greater recoil makes a double gun with heavy loads slower for the second bird, for me, compared to a gas-powered semi-auto.
Many field double guns have three inch chambers in 12 and 20 gauge, some have 3-1/2 inch in 12 gauge, but you probably won’t enjoy using them any more than you would with a pump gun. If you insist on shooting heavy and magnum loads, a gas-operated autoloader is probably the way to go.
Our middle girls have astounding accuracy with a .22, but they would much rather shoot with handguns, and their accuracy levels are more than adequate there as well, and they don’t want to shoot a double barreled gun at all. Why should they? (Our son likes shooting just about any weapon, and the rest of us can’t handle the pull on his bow, which is also sized to fit his 6 foot wide wing span).
When we lived in the little house we had to have it roofed. My husband didn’t like the looks of the team of the roofers who came out- not just their looks, but also their conversation. He was in a wrist to should arm cast at the time, and hobbling from a skin graft to his leg as well, and our house is several miles from town. So he took the girls outside for some target shooting while the roofing team was within earshot. He wanted them to see- and hear- that the girls (Pip and Jenny were then about 14 and 15, and only 5’2″ and 5’3″) were comfortable and proficient with guns, so he might have been a wee bit louder than usual in his shouts of encouragement and amazement at their accuracy (WOW!! That’s ANOTHER bullseye!!! Oooh, Dead Center AGAIN!!!). A double barrel shotgun wouldn’t have been nearly as effective, nor could the youngest two have even held it, let alone aimed it, and he had them join in as well.
Our guns have been used to kill a wild dog that was attacking our chickens and snarling at our children, to kill a rooster that regularly raked its claws down my toddler’s back (gun control advocates usually laugh at this, but roosters have been known to blind a child), to put food on our table and others, to build confidence and deter potential home invaders, for target practice, but the bottom line is, we don’t have to justify legal gun ownership on the basis of Biden’s approved ‘need.’
No, we don’t have any automatic weapons, but we do have friends who do, and we have gone over there for some target shooting fun. I stay in the house, but I do watch the videos, and I get why this is fun for them.
Incidentally, the fastest growing demographic among gun owners here in America is women. There is a really good reason for that.
How well has gun control worked in Chicago? Basically, not at all.
Would proposed new gun controls have done a thing to keep guns out of the hands of recent shooters? No.
The people we never hear from in any of Obama’s missives speeches are the 15-year-old Houston boy who used an AR-15 to defend himself and his sister from home invaders. And the mom who used a pistol to defend herself and her children from home invaders. Or the 87-year-old who fought off criminals with his pistol. Or the young man who stopped a mall shooting in Oregon with his pistol, just by pulling it out and pointing it at the shooter.