Sunday, April 11, 2021

Oscar’s choice

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If only Oscar Pistorius had been able to participate in such a scheme as Scotland Yard’s gun amnesty suggests Matthew Steeples

 

On Tuesday morning I visited a West London police station. Whilst there (on an entirely unconnected matter, I hasten to add), I saw an officer logging in various weaponry and she explained that I should look out for a report about this in the Evening Standard later in the day. When I read it, I learnt that there has been a two-week amnesty for firearms in London and that 347 guns have been handed in.

 

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Oscar Pistorius is a man who could now have been a in a very different position if he’d in a participated in a gun amnesty

In the article, Justin Davenport, the paper’s crime editor, revealed that amongst those surrendered were 220 “live firing” weapons, 11,000 rounds of live ammunition and several museum pieces. Though most will be destroyed, some of the weapons will be handed over to such places as the Imperial War Museum.

 

The officer I spoke with pointed out that though the amnesty is now over, there will still be a fair few more guns to come. Those handing them over will be looked on favourably but given some will be submitted to the police forensics laboratory, there may still be consequences if any evidence of criminal use of the weapons is discovered. As the officer departed, I remarked: “If only Oscar Pistorius had been given such a chance”. She wryly smiled.

 

 

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    1. I’m not sure I understand why a reference to Oscar Pistorius has been made. A gun amnesty is offered for those who own guns illegally. Pistorius owned his weapons legally so where would a gun amnesty have benefited him? He also seems to be a man who enjoys shooting so he wouldn’t have given up his licensed firearm voluntarily to anyone

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