5/10/2009

Germany to ban paintball

This makes a lot of sense.

The German government is planning to ban paintball and laser shooting games in reaction to the recent school massacre in which 15 people died.

Under legislation agreed by the ruling coalition of the chancellor, Angela Merkel, using air rifles to shoot paint-filled pellets at opponents is likely to be made illegal, and would be punishable with fines of up to €5,000 (£4,480).

The decision, which is expected to be fast-tracked through the Bundestag before the summer recess, comes two months after 17-year-old Tim Kretschmar shot dead 15 people at his former school in Winnenden, south-west Germany, with a weapon he had taken from his father's bedroom. Kretschmar's love of paintball as well as violent video and computer games was widely publicised. . . . .

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Blogger Bruce said...

I am 31, English and still reside in the UK.

I bet £100 that we will import this stupid ban in my lifetime.

5/10/2009 11:27 AM  
Blogger -bud- said...

So you literally just copied the article?

5/13/2009 8:37 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Bud:

I linked to the article and put up a few paragraphs to it. There wasn't much to write about it because this is such an obviously stupid law. Do you have something that you think should be added?

5/13/2009 9:15 PM  

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