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Olympic Starter Can’t Use His Starter Pistol at UK School Race

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Chee-to, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Chee-to

    Chee-to Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Olympic Starter Can’t Use His Starter Pistol at UK School Race

    Council members feared “that the sound of a pistol discharge would frighten the children and, perhaps, psychologically scar them forever”.
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    Alan Bell, the “Chief Starter” for track events at the 2012 London Olympics, has been called one of the “world’s top race starters“. Over the past 36 years, using his trusty blank-firing starter pistols, Alan has started over 25,000 events, including Olympic and World Championship races. Bell, the current Chairman of the IAAF International Starters Panel, is widely recognized as one of the most capable (and knowledgeable) race starters on the planet.

    However, the regional Council in West Dunbartonshire (Scotland) recently decided that Bell should not be allowed to start a running race at a local elementary school. Bell had originally been invited as an Olympic VIP for the benefit of the student athletes in this small community near Glasgow. Bell was even planning to start the school race by firing the same starter pistol which will be used to start the 100m Finals in the 2012 summer Olympic Games.

    Why did the West Dunbartonshire Council send Bell home? It’s all about gun-phobia. Council members feared “that the sound of a pistol discharge would frighten the children and, perhaps, psychologically scar them forever”.
    More at link
    Olympic Starter Can’t Use His Starter Pistol at UK School Race « Daily Bulletin

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  2. Marz

    Marz PDX Member

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    Ridiculous that he is not shooting this year, The man has been doing it for over three decades. Sheesh..
     
  3. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    And they call US extremists! :rolleyes:
     
  4. revjen45

    revjen45 Snohomish County Well-Known Member

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    Soon Formerly Great Britain will be taken over by the Muslims, and the inhabitants will be Dhimmis in what used to be their own country. It will look good on them.
     
  5. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

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    I've spent a lot of time in the UK over the last 4 decades. It used to be one of my favorite places.

    Not any more.

    The people og the UK have given up every civil liberty they ever had in the name of some faceless, false promise of safety, security and freedom from fear of having their precious little feelings hurt.

    I'd live in San Fran or Cambridge Mass. in a heartbeat before I lived in Oxford or London again.