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No Gun-Related Events for Kids at London Olympics

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

London Mayor Boris Johnson is doing a really nice thing, giving away 125,000 free tickets to schoolkids for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. However tickets to any gun-related events are not included in the giveaway.

"We decided it would not be appropriate. It's the only sport children will not be able to go to as part of the Ticketshare scheme," a source told the London Evening Standard.

The decision is part of Johnson's ongoing effort to curb gun crime among teenagers, which is growing in the city.

The expected backlash has already begun.

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"There is no link between Olympic-level shooting and crime. It's like saying that a thief would use a Formula One car as a getaway car," said David Penn, secretary of the British Shooting Sports Council.

Olympic pistol hopeful Georgina Geikie said, "This is a chance for children to look at guns in a different way. They are taking away the opportunity for the sport to blossom. How do we educate people that it is a sport if they cannot watch it?"

But Johnson has his supporters.

"I agree with Boris," said Danny Bryan, founder of Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime. "It is good kids should enjoy the Games but there's no way we should glorify guns."

The website The Blaze reports that gun ownership in the United Kingdom has been under assault for some time now. A law passed in 1997 following a school shooting that left 16 children and a teacher dead effectively bans cartridge loading handguns. The result is that Olympic pistol hopefuls cannot even train in their own country.