My son, Harry is a school age American citizen so, even though I am not a citizen myself, I’m invested in the US gun debate following yet another High School shooting tragedy in which a former pupil has been charged with murdering 17 with an AR-15 assault rifle.
The AR-15 has a singular purpose – the clue to which is in the name.
President Trump thinks that “Anyone adjudicated as mentally incompetent or dangerous to society should be prevented from getting a gun.” His detractors say that this would be difficult to enforce and may even be unconstitutional but I believe they are quite wrong.
There is a very simple and incontrovertible test: Anyone wishing to own an assault rifle is a danger to society and quite possibly mentally incompetent to boot.
But there is one snag.
According to the National Rifle Association, the AR-15 is the “most popular rifle in America” and estimates that over 8 million mentally incompetent or dangerous citizens already own one.
SPIN ZHIRA: Old Man in Helmand. A true story of love, service and incompetence.
Over-matched, over-ruled and over-weight, Spin Zhira is a tale of one man’s personal battle against the trials of middle age set on the front line of the most dangerous district in Afghanistan. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry or your money back.¹
‘Brims with authenticity and dark humour.’
Patrick Hennessey, The Junior Officers’ Reading Club
‘A must read.’
Richard Dorney, The Killing Zone
‘The best book by a soldier concerning the Afghan War that I have read.’
Frank Ledwidge, Losing Small Wars
Doug Beattie MC, An Ordinary Soldier
Dr Mike Martin, An Intimate war
¹Check the small print first