Brits no longer let soldiers carry rifles in parades for fear it would "upset" onlookers

What drives members of the public to complain about soldiers carrying guns while on parade?

Army cadets have been left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after being banned from carrying rifles on a Remembrance Day parade - amid fears the weapons might 'upset' onlookers.
The young cadets have proudly marched with rifles for decades and around 100 had spent months fine-tuning the drill where they would showcase their skills.
But the cadets were left 'gutted' just days before the big event when military top brass cut the rifles from the display following complaints from members of the public.
They were warned the rifle display during the march in Plymouth, Devon, could be deemed as 'glamorising' weapons.
Cadets were left 'bitterly disappointed' by the late change, which organisers today branded 'political correctness gone mad'. . . . .

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Blogger John A said...

Yes, silly. Even obnoxious.

Quibble - not soldiers, military-school cadets 12-18 years old.

11/07/2010 7:14 PM  
Blogger D.W. Drang said...

When Seattle had a Victory Parade after Desert Storm, they tried to have the troops march without weapons. Much wailing and beating of breasts and gnashing of teeth when they were told they'd be having their parade without any troops. (Of course, they didn't call it a "Victory Parade"...)

11/07/2010 7:52 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

Markie Marxist sez: "My friends in the PLA like the idea of British soldiers not carrying rifles in parades. They don't need a Britain with a martial spirit; it might make the takeover more difficult. They prefer a Britain with the more submissive stance of eschewing weapons. 'Glamorizing' submission works better for them."

11/08/2010 6:06 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...

Speaking as a Brit I have to say I am not surprised.

Successive governments have successfully manufactured a mass phobia of guns and this sort of thing is to be expected. The media (including this particular newspaper) have been complicit in this.

Yes, it is, and we are, pathetic.

11/08/2010 6:10 AM  
OpenID ken-maurer said...

Simple economics. There's always been a small minority who took this point of view. Now that the powers that be seem eager to take them seriously and give in to them, they're more vocal than ever. If the authorities would only ignore them, they're pretty much crawl back into their holes.

11/08/2010 8:57 PM  

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