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NOT THAT “GOOD GUY”

The man on the right is Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association boss, described by the man on the left as “one of the good guys”.

Back in 2012, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Wayne claimed that “to stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun.” A claim he reiterated last week in the wake of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School.

However, it must be noted that while Wayne may well be one of the “good guys” he would not want to be confused with being a “good guy with a gun”. You see, like his President, Wayne dodged the Vietnam draft back in 1970 and has never borne arms in the service of his country.

In any event, as anyone with battlefield experience could tell him, when the bullets are  flying in all directions, there is no such thing as a good guy with a gun.

At best, some of the guys with guns are a little less bad than the others.

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

Ten reasons to read SPIN ZHIRA.

‘Brims with authenticity and dark humour.’
Patrick HennesseyThe Junior Officers’ Reading Club

‘A must read.’
Richard DorneyThe Killing Zone 

‘The best book by a soldier concerning the Afghan War that I have read.’
Frank Ledwidge, Losing Small Wars 

‘First Class.’
Doug Beattie MC, An Ordinary Soldier

 ‘Absolutely fantastic’
Dr Mike MartinAn Intimate war

What others are saying about SPIN ZHIRA.

¹Check the small print first

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The clue is in the name

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

Ten reasons to read SPIN ZHIRA.

‘Brims with authenticity and dark humour.’
Patrick HennesseyThe Junior Officers’ Reading Club

‘A must read.’
Richard DorneyThe Killing Zone 

‘The best book by a soldier concerning the Afghan War that I have read.’
Frank Ledwidge, Losing Small Wars 

‘First Class.’
Doug Beattie MC, An Ordinary Soldier

 ‘Absolutely fantastic’
Dr Mike MartinAn Intimate war

What others are saying about SPIN ZHIRA.

¹Check the small print first