London’s Metropolitan Police began a four-week campaign urging residents to surrender imitation guns after crimes involving firearms rose in the U.K. capital.
Airguns, blank-firing pistols and cap guns, along with real weapons, can be turned in at police stations anonymously, the Metropolitan Police said in an e-mailed statement today.
Wow. “Turn in your inanimate objects that look like real guns, because you might commit a crime with your toys” is pretty much the stupidest thing that I have ever heard. I imagine that this will be eventually followed by a legislative call to ban toy guns, because god forbid that you have anything in your country that even looks like a firearm.
It’s almost contemptible. Who is thinking these policies up anyway? How come someone over there in a position of authority hasn’t raised their hand in one of these meetings and said “Uh…guns are pretty much illegal, and that hasn’t done anything to help the crime rate; maybe we should try something else because this gun shit isn’t working”. Where is that guy, because he needs to say something.