The ineffable Mike Buckingham is advocating that children should be taught how to use weapons – including revolvers. He chastised John Griffiths and me for allegedly campaigning to ban BB weapons. I have sent the following letter to the editor.
On the off chance that someone may believe the fantasises in Mike Buckingham's column, may I make clear that am not campaigning on BB guns. The Argus is.
After persistent calls from an Argus reporter I said your campaign sounded
sensible. Rarely do I support newspaper campaigns because they are more about increasing circulation than seeking reforms. Newspapers exaggerate the influence of their campaigns, congratulating themselves excessively on ones that go right and forgetting those that fail. At a time of anxiety on guns, Buckingham’s plea for children to be trained to use revolvers is a contemptible and stupid piece of attention seeking. Ban BB guns on one page: use real guns on the next? Get your act together, Argus.