I recently came across some rather startling information which I think puts the recent Harry and Meghan debacle into perspective as a comparatively minor event not worthy of all the current press coverage compared to the following rather tragic story.
Whilst all the fuss and bother of Harry and his wife Meghan’s false claims have been taking the news headlines I came across a story of far more importance which has hardly been mentioned in the media at all.
The story I refer to is that of the 600 children in the UK who were arrested last year during the coronavirus pandemic for firearms offences, some as young as twelve years of age.
Figures which revealed two 12 year old boys were arrested for suspected firearms offences in the West Midlands, two 12 year old boys and a 13 year old boy were arrested in Hertfordshire for possession of firearms offences, a 14 year old girl was arrested for a suspected firearms offence in Merseyside all of which took place in 2020.
Further offences were committed in 2018/19, an 11 year old boy was arrested in Derbyshire on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and another 11 year old was charged with the same offence with an air weapon.
Amazingly enough more than two dozen suspected firearms were seized in a single week in London this February and Victim Support said it had seen an 85% increase in deaths from shootings in the last year.
Quite extraordinary that a child would carry a gun of any sort, be it imitation or real and leave themselves open to being shot by armed response Police teams who have no idea if the gun is real or fake.
I know I was born in simpler times but when I was an eleven year old the contents of my pocket were more likely to be a Wagon Wheel biscuit, a toy car and the most dangerous item might have be a conker on a string, my how times have changed.