PollI've fired gun at least once
      – BorgClown, 2009-02-07 at 05:22:57   (11 comments)

On 2009-02-07 at 05:25:43, BorgClown wrote...
That dry, loud BLAM is disturbingly scaring and satisfying. I've done it only three times, just a few shots each time. I once had a chance to fire a rifle, but the powder was wet =(
On 2009-02-07 at 05:56:04, Baslisks wrote...
Never
On 2009-02-07 at 09:04:11, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I did see someone else fire a gun once... a cowboy-type wacko 20 years ago. We don't really have guns in the UK, fortunately. Having been seen with one, even a toy, is likely to result in having armed police descend on you. Regular police never have guns, and don't expect to be shot at for doing their jobs - they call in a special firearms unit when needed.
On 2009-02-07 at 19:09:20, Thelevellers wrote...
I was in the Air Training Core when I was younger, and got reasonably good with a .22 rifle. Shooting is lots of fun, but I'm not sure I'd shoot a living thing unless necessary (i.e. for food or a live or die situation). ATC was cool, how many people can say their first trip in an airplane involved them having a lengthy go at the controls?! :D
On 2009-02-08 at 00:18:40, BorgClown wrote...
I'm surprised to read that guns are rare in the UK. How about shooting practice camps? Hunting? To be fair, when I was a teen one of my friends got nearly arrested because he was (jokingly) terrorizing neighbors with a salvo gun. The cops laughed when they questioned him, checked the gun and heard the fake *pang* instead of the usual *BLAM*. He was allowed to go with a light reprimand, fake gun and all.
On 2009-02-08 at 12:07:10, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Few of our citizens are interested in guns, and they're considered dangerous things to have around. We do have the problem that the police seem more ineffective at the same time as gun crime is increasing. Yet we have the strictest gun control laws of any democracy and the potential is there for abuse and misuse of guns, particularly accidental death and suicide. The arguments for/against guns are many and varied, and I guess you could argue that either situation works - it's better to be at one extreme or the other, rather than somewhere in between. I'm not aware of any gun camps, and some landowners do use guns for controlling animal populations. As an individual I'm less likely to encounter guns during my lifetime in this country, and as a result less likely to be involved in gun-related crime. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_politics_in_the_United_Kingdom
On 2009-02-08 at 20:22:13, Thelevellers wrote...
Hunting over here is done with dogs... ;) Sorry, used to be... Like Lee says, we're just not very interested in 'em here, the odd shotgun is used by farmers, and there are a few rifle ranges around (my ATC branch used the local abandoned quarry), but really it's only the armed forces that see guns... Though I was working in a shop when it was held up at (probably fake/BB) gun point once, and I'd been on the till 10 minutes before hand! Was in the well dodgy area of Bournemouth though, in a store that lost roughly £1000 a week in theft...
On 2009-02-09 at 11:08:20, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I think a lot of our drug-related crime tends to involve guns, at least for murders, and it's generally only the criminals that have guns. I think it's a key point that guns are so rare that there simply isn't a need for us to have one for self-defence. Sure, there are rare cases where you come under attack and need to defend yourself - but usually not against someone with a gun. And if you're involved with drugs, you should expect to get shot anyway.
On 2009-02-10 at 06:14:23, BorgClown wrote...
Alright, did you even out the votes on purpose?
On 2009-02-10 at 11:34:51, Thelevellers wrote...
Wasnt me, Guv, honest!
On 2009-02-10 at 11:53:49, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Oh, I've probably fired a water gun at some point but I don't remember doing so - I hadn't noticed that voting option initially. I'll leave it evened-out though. (-: