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    LONDON - In an eerie resemblance to the series of sniper shootings in Washington, a British copycat shooter is using an air-rifle to fire stinging pellets at unsuspecting passers-by in the city.

    So far, six people, including a Labour Member of Parliament, have been shot and wounded in a four-day spree which detectives fear is an attack inspired by the random murders in Washington.

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    According to the Guardian, the latest victim, Bradford North MP Terry Rooney, was hit in the face by an airgun pellet in south London on Oct 16.

    In a statement released yesterday, the police believed that in all the six cases, the sniper had fired at his victims from nearby buildings, but door-to-door inquiries failed to turn up any firm clues.

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  • #2
    LMAO!

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    • #3
      Well maybe gun control does work? Better an air rifle than a Bushmaster don't you think?
      "We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence upon those who would do us harm" - George Orwell

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      • #4
        Apparently the tool doesn't matter. It's the action taken by the person. Get it?

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        • #5
          If past history is any indication of future action...

          ...that'll be the end of air rifles in Britian.
          "The American People will never knowingly adopt Socialism. Under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every segment of the socialist program,until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened."

          Norman Thomas

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          • #6
            I think they need to be made as helpless as possible. To hell with them. Whatever happens to them as a result, they deserve it.

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            • #7
              Mike and Watchman, why do you even care??

              Honestly, you have your guns...so why bother about what we do HERE in the UK?

              Well, the tool DOES matter. The air rifle isn't killing people. We DO have gun crime here in the UK (yes, it's on the rise), but it's still nowhere near the extent it is in the US.

              Now, I'm no fan of gun control, but I'm not one to ignore facts, either.

              Normally I'm on YOUR side in the gun control debate as far as the US goes...but it's a different story altogether here. Plus this UK- bashing is getting on my nerves.

              [ 11-04-2002, 07:02 AM: Message edited by: blondie72 ]
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              • #8
                Blondie, I posted that not to bash just to show it. As far as my remarks later, letting them be more helpless, that's what usually has to happen to people before they take their country back over. I suppose you are right though, I shouldn't worry about it at all, it is another country.

                Watchman made me say that!

                [ 11-04-2002, 07:06 AM: Message edited by: Mike Tx ]

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                • #9
                  Blondie, what I find disturbing is that both Watchman and Mike appear as if they feel the UK victims deserve to be shot just because they won't revolt against the gun ban in the UK.

                  Let's keep the real crime in focus shall we?
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                  • #10
                    RachelR...

                    Once again you've gone off on a tangent and seen something that isnt there.

                    Nowhere did I say or even imply that anyone deserved to be shot.

                    I know that the UK is a completley different culture and that they simply dont have the affections for firearms that lots of Americans have.

                    As for revolt, the Brits have been had weapons control of one sort or another for hundreds or years. Its nothing new, they are used to it. Revolt aint gonna happen.

                    However, since people have been shot with airguns, they will use this incident to ban all airifles sometime in the future, because of the "danger they pose to society" just because some Jerk thought it was cool to shoot people.

                    So once again the actions of a depraved individual will dictate the actions of those that had nothing to do with a crime but must suffer the consequences just as if they had been involved.

                    I find it somewhat pitiful.
                    "The American People will never knowingly adopt Socialism. Under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every segment of the socialist program,until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened."

                    Norman Thomas

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                    • #11
                      Blondie:

                      Mike and Watchman, why do you even care??

                      Since you asked, I'll tell you.

                      Every free country that enacts legislation to eventually ban firearms makes it one step closer to us here in the U.S.

                      When it becomes illegal to own firearms in Australia, Canada, Britian, or any other somewhat "free" country, it means that outlawing private ownership of firearms here in the US is just a matter of time. It may take 5 or 10 years or even more, but fact of the matter is, we could be just one liberal UN loving president away.Since the UN has stated its intention on firearms, its just a matter of the right people being in the right places befote it happens here too. Its like the Domino effect. One block at a time and its happening right before our eyes.

                      Do I care ? You bet.
                      It would be stupid not to. [Eek!]
                      "The American People will never knowingly adopt Socialism. Under the name of "liberalism" they will adopt every segment of the socialist program,until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened."

                      Norman Thomas

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                      • #12
                        Why should anyone care?

                        If you post a thread, you have to expect replies....good or bad ones. That's society and the freedom of speech thing.

                        I didn't see Watch or Mike slander the UK....they save that for Canada. Eh. (Just kidding...ya know?).

                        Regardless of the weapon....air or powder...battery is still battery and a powered weapon is still a felony if used in the commission of a crime (at least here it is). And the hairbag doing the air rifle sniperings should still be punished......severely IMO....send 'im to the Tower of London for a while.

                        [ 11-04-2002, 11:13 AM: Message edited by: ASOinFL ]
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                        • #13
                          Mike Just out of interest, if you were shot with an air gun would you try to return fire with your "real" gun.

                          The way I see it since nobody is dead its not a bad advert for gun control since if this clown had access to a real gun people might well be dead.

                          Mac "the helpless" Scots Man.
                          Si vis pacem, para bellum

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                          • #14
                            ASO: it's NOT 'regardless' of the weapon; because the weapon IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE is a non- lethal one. People are not being killed.

                            Watchman: tell the UN to stuff it! It's none of their business to tell the US about gun control.

                            Furthermore, it's none of anyone else's business what we do with gun control here!
                            [email protected] "Where there is love, there is no imposition"- Albert Einstien.

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                            • #15
                              Last I knew they had some air pistols are rifles capable of getting a pellet up to the speed of a .22, and I'm sure taking one of those in the eye or ear, temple, etc just might be able to kill ya.

                              But it seems your not looking for US feedback on this matter....I'll leave it up to the Euro's to dicker over. Chow.



                              [ 11-04-2002, 02:20 PM: Message edited by: ASOinFL ]
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