Kids with guns

Over the past 18 months, theres been a frightening wave of gun attacks which have resulted in many teenagers and now a pre-teen being shot and either wounded or killed.  From where Im standing gun crime is far from going down, in fact its getting worse.


Just last year the Control Arms Campaign carried out a survey which found that about one in six people in the UK had seen an illegal gun and that nearly 60 per cent of people think its far too easy to get a gun in the UK.


But the problem of gun crime doesnt only rest in the UK. Globally theres a real problem of gun violence where every week 1,000 people are killed through armed violence.


Tighter control is needed for the sales of weapons, and one of the most effective ways to achieve this has to be through an international Arms Trade Treaty.


 Youth crime definitely needs to be tackled but there are some cases which arent necessarily best handled by the court. And taking a 12-year-old boy to court for assaulting a man with a cocktail sausage is probably one of those cases where the court involvement isnt the best approach.I agree with District Judge Tim Devas who presided over the case when he asked is it really in the public interest to prosecute a 12-year-old boy who threw a sausage?

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