“They are fanatical,” says Mabbott. “Their main aim is to lobby for the protection of the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms. I once had to sit through a diatribe from their CEO and it made me physically ill.”And how'ld that work out for you sport? You had the majority of the personally owned firearms in the nation confiscated.
The British NRA, which is not linked to the American organisation, adopts a much less inflammatory approach. People here use guns for three main things: hunting, pest control on farms and target or clay pigeon shooting, and Mabbott says his job is simply to ensure they can use their weapons safely, without hassle and within the law.
But, on the other hand, the strict regulations have done nothing to stop the trade in illegal guns. The weapon Reeve used was, after all, a handgun, which no one has been allowed to own in this country since 1997 – not even the British Olympic pistol shooting team, which has to train in Switzerland.No mention that UK crime has always been historically low and they're on a frickin' ISLAND nation.
And, a cruel irony this, gun crime has doubled since then...
So yeah, let's listen to the 'experts' in the UK and follow their advice. It's been a wonderful experience for them.