The Anonymous Widower

‘Unprecedented’ Number Of Shots Fired – Police

This is the title of a section of the BBC’s rolling news feed.

This is said.

Eight police officers fired a total of 50 bullets to kill the three London Bridge attackers, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said.

He described it as an “unprecedented” number of shots fired by police.

An IPCC investigation would take place, but he said that the situation officers faced was “critical”.

He said he was “humbled by the bravery of officers who will rush towards a potential suicide bomber”.

I don’t like guns and it is one of the reasons, I don’t go to the United States.

But I still think the number of bullets fired was excessive, especially as one round hit an innocent member of the public.

Thirty years ago, after Metier had been sold to Lockheed, I met one of their guys, who looked after research into unusual devices for Special Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies.

One thing we discussed over a couple of drinks, was a tranquiliser gun, which is regularly used by superheroes and wild animal vets. I can remember him saying that they could have applications where human shields were being used or in crowded encounters, where the chances of hitting the wrong target were high.

I also remember other ideas being tested.

So are we doing enough research into creating weapons that deal with the situations that arose in the London Bridge attacks and will surely arise in the future?

I hope that in the major IPCC review of the attacks, which must happen, the scope and efficiency of the weapons available to the Police is thoroughly examined.

One question, I would ask, is do they have a weapon, that could stop a truck, larger than the Renault van used last night?

 

June 4, 2017 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Heaven Help The World If Trump Becomes US President

That idiot Trump has sunk to a new low with the statements reported in this article on the BBC, which has a title of US election: Anger over Donald Trump gun rights remarks.

As nearly all Brits, Aussies, Canadians and most Europeans will tell him, guns are the cause of a lot of America’s problems and not the solution.

I fear for the world if someone as stupid and hot-headed as Trump should become President of the United States.

Hopefully, good sense will prevail.

Perhaps, the worst scenario would see Corbyn, Le Pen, Petry, Trump, Wilders and Xi Jinping, sitting down to decide the world’s future.

August 10, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

When Will The United States Realise That Guns Kill People?

On the wall of my office, there used to be a picture of my wife presenting a racing trophy to a racehorse trainer.

Both are now dead.

We fight cancer with common sense and all the tools that science has given us.

Isn’t it about time, that common sense is applied to the problem of guns in the United States and other countries where they are responsible for a high murder rate?

June 12, 2016 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

America Is A Sick Country

There is no other title for a post about this story on the BBC entitled Gun that killed Trayvon Martin ‘makes $250,000 for Zimmerman’.

In my view anybody who wants to own a gun other than for genuine sporting purposes, needs his head examined.

Until the United States has a sensible gun policy and abolishes the death penalty, I shall not be visiting.

May 22, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

I’ve Just Heard The Most Crass Solution To Mass Shootings In The United States

After the shootings in Oregon yesterday, as reported on the BBC, the BBC has just had a pastor from the area on the phone.

You’d think as a religious leader, he would have advocated something fairly sane, but he said that the answer to these school shootings, is to allow the other students to carry guns, so they could shoot an attacker.

With people like that in the States, I doubt they’ll ever solve their problem of mass shootings, until everybody has been shot dead.

October 2, 2015 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

Are We Doing Enough To Combat The Real Terrorism Problem?

Over the years, I’ve met people in all walks of life that deal with terrorism and crime in general. So I like to think I have a good insight into it.

The United States will claim it hasn’t had any terrorist attacks since 9/11, but isn’t the dreadful attack on the congregation of the church in Charleston headlined in this BBC article as Charleston church shooting: Nine die in South Carolina ‘hate crime’, nothing more than a similar attack to the one on the innocent sunbathers in Tunisia.

The links between the two crimes are the twisted motivations of the perpetrators and the easy availability of guns, that can fire large numbers of bullets.

One of the reasons, we have not had a deadly gun attack in this country, since the Dunblane and Hungerford massacres, is that it is just too difficult to get a deadly weapon like a Kalashnikov in this country. I don’t think we’ve even had an incident in recent years involving such a gun, where perhaps gangs of drug dealers are settling an argument.

But are we doing enough to keep these deadly weapons out of the UK?

As an engineer with extensive knowledge of modern manufacturing techniques, I believe that it is now possible to create a workable machine gun, that was mainly created on one of the new industrial 3-D printers, with perhaps a few small metal parts smuggled through border controls. I should also say that I know of a manufacturer, who posts and receives specialist stainless steel parts through the post from all over the world.

After all, this report on the BBC describes how nutters in Texas have created a gun that fires using a 3-D printer.

I believe it won’t be long before someone creates a set of plastic parts, which when put around the working parts of an assault rifle create a gun that can be fired by any suicidal terrorist.

There is no defence against such a weapon getting onto the streets through this method.

I’m pretty sure that someone is working on doing it. Probably in the United States, where it seems that owning an assault rifle is something that many want to do. But then adding sense to the gun laws of the United States, is as difficult as making a serious alcoholic or heavy smoker see sense.

July 1, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

Are Americans Too Stupid To Be Allowed Firearms?

This story on the BBC web site is entitled US boy, three, shoots both parents in New Mexico, which says it all.

Luckily, it appears his parents will live.

The story is the most read on the BBC web site.

February 1, 2015 Posted by | World | , , | 3 Comments

Guns Kill People

When I read stories like this one from Arizona, I despair. Here’s the first paragraph.

A nine year-old girl in the US has killed her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use a high-powered automatic weapon.

I always feel edgy when guns are around. I think I have good reason and believe strongly that the world would be a better place,if guns had not been invented.

August 27, 2014 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

Come To Christ And Get A Free Gun

I didn’t believe the story in the Times that the Lone Oak Baptist Church is giving all new members a gun.  But it’s all over the web, including here on the New York Daily News.

Let’s hope they don’t open a branch in London!

March 6, 2014 Posted by | News | , | 1 Comment

A Development We Don’t Need

The BBC has just shown non-working images of a stun-gun amart phone case. There’s more here. This is the first bit.

Add-ons that turn smartphones into Star Trek-like tricorder medical diagnostic kits, Predator-style thermal vision cameras and even electric “stun guns” are being promoted at the Consumer Electronics Show.

They did say that these stun-gun smart phone cases would be illegal in the UK! But tell that to the gangs! It’ll become a must have accessory!

This development of the humble phone, is one of the sickest and pointless things, I’ve seen in some time. But of course, it appears to be legal in the United States.

I have found the company on the Internet.  How long before you can buy a smart-phone case like this from their web site and have it shipped across the Atlantic?

The Daily Mail has te full story and gives a lot more detail than I would, in this report.

January 11, 2014 Posted by | News | , , , | 2 Comments