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aileron
05-11-2009, 6:24 AM
Dude... how stupid can you be?

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2512787,00.html


Germany aims to ban paintball
07/05/2009 16:19 - (SA)

Berlin - The German government wants to tighten gun laws and ban paintball games in response to a school shooting in which 16 people were killed in March, coalition sources said on Thursday.

Experts from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and her Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners had agreed to ban paintball games, in which players shoot at each other with pellets containing paint, the sources said.

The governing parties say games like paintball trivialise violence and risk lowering the threshold for committing violent acts, the sources said.

Infringements to the new rules, which the cabinet hopes to pass before a general election in September, could incur fines of up to 5 000, the sources said.

Previous incidents

A 17-year-old shot dead 15 people in the southwestern town of Winnenden, before killing himself in March, stunning many Germans and leading politicians to call for tighter gun rules.

The teenager had shot many of his victims in the head with his father's legally registered pistol. His father, a member of a shooting club, had 15 guns at home - fourteen were locked in a gun closet as required by law but the pistol was in the bedroom, officials have said.

Germany toughened its gun laws in 2002 after 19-year-old Robert Steinhauser shot dead 16 people, mainly teachers, and himself at a high school in the eastern German city of Erfurt.

The changes raised the minimum age for gun ownership to 21 from 18 and required gun buyers under 25 to present a certificate of medical and psychological health. Gun laws already required applicants to pass rigorous exams that can take up to a year.

The new rules would also grant authorities more rights in conducting checks with people owning guns, the sources said.

Sources in the SPD said the parties were also moving towards on agreement on the creation of a nationwide weapons register and were considering setting up biometric security locks for weapons stores.

- Reuters

glbtrottr
05-11-2009, 6:55 AM
Krauts are funny.

First they want to ban Jews for not being part of the master race.

Now, they want to ban paintball since those very games will help refine your skills in shooting at someone.

The next logical step is to ban your brain so can't possibly learn how to shoot another human being.

Morons.

Dr. Peter Venkman
05-11-2009, 7:10 AM
Germany - Kicked In the Sack, est. 1945

Swiss
05-11-2009, 6:43 PM
I think there's a grain of truth to this claim of trivializing violence but abhor the idea of laws against it.

bodger
05-11-2009, 7:48 PM
Germany - Kicked In the Sack, est. 1945

Personally, I think they should ban weapons, high black boots and uniforms in Germany as well. So we don't have to go defend the pin-head ungrateful French ever again.

Take away all functioning firearms and leave them ONLY with paintball guns.
Why haven't THEY thought of that?

Experimentalist
05-11-2009, 7:52 PM
It is remarkable to see the bi-polar swings of the German government over the past 60+ years.

From Fascist rulers of Europe to bed-wetting Socialists.

sb_pete
05-11-2009, 10:24 PM
Well, that takes the cake for stupidest idea I've heard this week. I suppose next they will crack down on costume parties (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1140943/Operation-toy-pistol-Police-swoop-Wild-West-theme-party-guest-mistaken-gunman.html) like the Brits :rolleyes:

tube_ee
05-11-2009, 10:54 PM
when the Germans do stupid crap like this, we might want to consider that a pacifist Germany is, on the whole, a really, really good thing...

Considering the alternative.

--Shannon

1859sharps
05-11-2009, 10:57 PM
Albert Einstein said it best....

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."

sholling
05-11-2009, 11:39 PM
Dude... how stupid can you be?

http://www.news24.com/News24/World/News/0,,2-10-1462_2512787,00.htmlYears ago they also flirted with the idea of banning taking a leak while standing. They felt that being allowed to stand while taking a leak promoted a sense of superiority that led to violence against women. They have become a continent of castrati.

Trench Broom
05-12-2009, 1:18 AM
Jeez - and I thought we had it bad here. They might as well ban Oktoberfest too. It just wouldn't look right to have all of those drunken paintballers roaming the streets. :D

nicki
05-12-2009, 3:59 AM
Well, at least they have the autobahn where you can drive at triple digit speeds, at least until the enviro wackos ban that too.

Guess they will get stuck with 75 to 80mph speed limits. :rolleyes:

Nicki

Justin Brimm
05-12-2009, 9:31 PM
Well, at least they have the autobahn where you can drive at triple digit speeds, at least until the enviro wackos ban that too.

Guess they will get stuck with 75 to 80mph speed limits. :rolleyes:

Nicki

The majority of the autobahn has already been limited down to 100 km/hr (~62.5 mi/hr) for "the safety of the public" and to help combat "fuel wastage."

All the NATO nations have been turning into weak, feel-good circle-jerks for the last 60 years, while the Communists have been strengthening and influencing most of the 3rd world for the last 20 years. We will know our folly when the Soviets fly the Sickle & Hammer from the torch of Liberty and all we can muster in response is "wanna talk it out?"

sb_pete
05-12-2009, 11:13 PM
The majority of the autobahn has already been limited down to 100 km/hr (~62.5 mi/hr) for "the safety of the public" and to help combat "fuel wastage."

All the NATO nations have been turning into weak, feel-good circle-jerks for the last 60 years, while the Communists have been strengthening and influencing most of the 3rd world for the last 20 years. We will know our folly when the Soviets fly the Sickle & Hammer from the torch of Liberty and all we can muster in response is "wanna talk it out?"

lol, The Soviets? Really? You know we beat them a couple decades ago right? :TFH:

I mean, I know where you're coming from with this Nation Of Cowards (http://www.thegunzone.com/software/noc.html) stuff, but the Soviets are gone man.

Justin Brimm
05-13-2009, 11:48 PM
lol, The Soviets? Really? You know we beat them a couple decades ago right? :TFH:

I mean, I know where you're coming from with this Nation Of Cowards (http://www.thegunzone.com/software/noc.html) stuff, but the Soviets are gone man.

It's hyperbole.