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We were allowed to fire real bullets—but never felt need to shoot anyone

PUBLISHED: 17:58 21 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:33 05 October 2010

East London Advertiser, August 14

East London Advertiser, August 14

Dear Editor, THE police and Army regularly had stands when I was a child where you could handle the guns (Cops 'U-turn' move over letting kids hold submachine-guns, Advertiser website). Many a summer's day at fetes and shows was spent with my pals handling Sterling sub-machine guns, self-loading rifles and even machine guns. In the cadets, we were allowed to fire real bullets, but never felt the need to go out and shoot anyone

Dear Editor,

THE police and Army regularly had stands when I was a child where you could inspect and handle the equipment (Cops 'U-turn' move over letting kids hold submachine-guns at summer fete, Advertiser website).

Many a summer's day at fetes and shows was spent with my pals handling, cocking and dry-firing Sterling sub-machine guns, self-loading rifles and even belt-fed machine guns... not to mention firing air rifles on a range in the back of a lorry.

In the cadets, we were allowed to fire real bullets.

We have never felt the need to go out and shoot anyone.

It just goes to show that proper education and experience under disciplined supervision works better than bans, 'tellings off' and pointless politicians pontificating!

Strange that MP George Galloway has not said anything about his extremist friends who give children real working guns and encourage them to go out and kill people.

Perhaps Galloway has also forgotten about his 'indefatigable' mate, (who fortunately has since had his neck stretched), that used to pose on his palace balcony with a rifle firing it into the air.

If that's the kind of person Galloway admires, it doesn't say much for his irrelevant rantings.

Simon Davies

Gt Offley, Hitchin, Herts

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