SAS Sargeant Danny Nightingale who is accused of illegally possessing a fire-arm together with a selection of ammunition, including armour piercing shells, is fighting to clear his name in the second court case into the alleged offence. Putting Sergeant Nightingale's guilt or otherwise to one side, the practice of soldiers swapping fire-arms that has been highlighted by this case presents us with a highly dangerous situation. Mental health figures reveal that many soldiers leave the forces with some level of PTSD amongst other health conditions. They often find themselves suddenly cast adrift, the rigid discipline and hierarchy disintegrate, which can lead to feelings of loss and bereavement. This is why it is not only morally right for the Ministry of Defence to proceed with this prosecution, but it also sends a very important message to other soldiers who might quite innocently be offered such items, to pause and consider the consequences. It is in any case vitally important that we do all we can to stop fire-arms from entering the general population illegally. Having seen the use of fire-arms in crime escalating, and the ever growing number of victims and families who are grieving, it is all of our responsibilities to stand up against gun crime.
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