The radio was abuzz today with the news that in Scotland, police are going to crack down on unlicensed airguns. That is exactly how it was phrased.
I sold my air rifle a long time ago because I saw this one coming. It was unlicensed. All airguns in Scotland, indeed in the UK, are unlicensed. There is no such thing as an airgun licence. There is no ‘crackdown on illegal airguns’ because none of them are, as yet, illegal. It’s an attack on perfectly legal possession.
There is such a licence now, and anyone holding one of these previously perfectly legal weapons in Scotland will have to buy one. Alternatively you can surrender your airgun to the police to be destroyed in an ‘airgun amnesty’.
The amnesty takes place before the law takes effect on July 1st. You will surrender a legal weapon to be destroyed before it becomes an illegal weapon. Or you can pay the Scottish government to let you keep what you already own.
Oh, I know, there are those thinking this is a good thing. One of them was in the coffee room at work. Well, until I pointed out that soon they will want us to have licences for kitchen knives since more people are attacked with kitchen knives than with airguns.
I also pointed out that the law now refuses to let anyone sell a knife to anyone under 16 even though almost every one of those who attack someone with a knife are over 16, and any 13 year old can get a knife from the kitchen. The law achieves nothing.
You will have to be over 18 to buy an airgun. Or you can join the army at 16 and get a real gun and a tank and training in how to kill people with them. Logic? Expect none in this world.
Airguns are not particularly dangerous. Apart from a few very powerful ones, it’s really hard to do any serious damage with one of those things unless you creep up behind someone and bludgeon them with the butt end.
Yes, you could take someone’s eye out – but you could do that with a well aimed pencil.
As usual, all this comes from a single incident involving a dickhead who happened to have an airgun. If he had had a brick or a baseball bat he would have still been a dickhead and still done the same thing. Are we now to ban bricks, just in case? Do you need a licence for every brick in your house?
So airguns are no longer as easily available as before. Don’t buy one if you live in Scotland, and sell it if you have one. The licence is just phase one. Once they are all registered it is then a simple matter to ban them entirely and round them all up. The Scottish government don’t like us to have any kind of weaponry.
The next target for the Scottish Nannying Puritans is, I predict, crossbows. I sold all mine south of the border where a little remnant of sanity so far prevails. Then it will be edged weapons – swords, specifically Samurai swords for no real reason other than they like the name, then all swords, machetes, scythes and related garden implements.
Eventually it will be kitchen knives. Scoff if you like but just watch this space. It’s coming. You will have to have a licence for every kitchen knife and a damn good reason to have more than one of each type. And you just watch the drones nod in serious compliance to this total control of their lives.
Nothing to hide, nothing to fear, right?