Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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A BAN on hunting, the Prime Minister has long sought to assure us, would not be followed by bans on other country sports; but many Labour MPs have other ideas. Stephen McCabe, MP for Birmingham Hall Green, is outraged that children are being exposed to the ways of the shoot at an age when they ought to be tucked up in their beds with their bunnies. Shooting magazines, he complains, have been publishing `celebratory articles featuring children as young as three posing with dead animals, and child-shooters as young as ten carrying shotguns'. In at least one reported instance, he goes on, a child of nine has been granted a shooting certificate in his own name by police. Mr McCabe has now tabled a Commons motion to ban children beneath the age of 12 or 14 from partaking in shoots.

No doubt child shooters are very much a matter of grave concern round Mr McCabe's way, but that is more to do with the failure of the police and courts to enforce existing criminal law to bring drugs gangs to heel. …

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