Paintball Set To Be Banned In Germany After School Shooting

May 9, 2009

Germany (ChattahBox) – After a school shooting tragically took the lives of sixteen students, including 17-year-old gunman Tim Kretschmer (shown), German officials have set out to ban paintballing, and to set stricter regulations on gun control.

Other combat-influenced games could also face a ban, and already punishments are being proposed for the new regulation, including a hefty €5,000 ($6,700) fine for anyone caught participating in such activities.

While some are saying that the measure is an extreme that will do little good, and that it is gun laws that should be under fire, relatives of those slain in the Wendlingen school shooting say it isn’t far enough.

“There cannot be a second Winnenden,” Hardy Schober, father of one of the victims, told reporters at a recent press conference.

He is one of many who are proposing a national ban on all pistols, handguns, and automatic or semi-automatic weapons.


7 Responses to “Paintball Set To Be Banned In Germany After School Shooting”

  1. paintball sniper on May 9th, 2009 4:51 pm

    This is an over reaction. There is no need to ban paintball. Most injuries occur when proper safety procedures are not adhered to.

  2. Sengermeister on May 10th, 2009 3:21 am

    In other countrys in the world is paintball a sport. Then we must also prohibit car racing, because they drive too fast. German politicians are all idiots.

  3. Paintball Pacifist on May 10th, 2009 11:50 am

    This is outrages! The very definition of the phrase over reaction. Do they ban cars because some loon goes on a rampage in one? sheer lunacy!

  4. Big Rich on May 11th, 2009 7:10 am

    This is patent government over-reaction / pacification.

    I am a rock drummer, who listens to rock music (including those wonderful artists people would have you believe corrupt us and make us want to kill, like marilyn manson), plays violent computer games such as GTA 4, and also partakes in sports such as paintball (which incidentally, statistically is safer than getting on a plane when done following its safety procedures re goggles etc).

    taking all this into consideration, do i feel the need to run to my local highschool/post office / office building and gun a bunch of people down? no.

    why? because

    A) I live in the UK and the only form of weapon i can get my hands on is a paintball gun, and they’re limited to non-lethal speeds.
    B) I’m an adult who knows right from wrong
    C) i’m mentally sound.

    Now, when you take any of these away, it doesn’t matter WHAT the other criteria are, you run the risk of dangerous and potentially lethal situations occurring.

    Any culture that allows its citizens to get legal access to guns is asking for occasionally mentally unstable individuals to get hold of a killing device, and use it.

    I genuinely feel for the parents who have lost their loved ones, nothing can ever bring them back, but please, lets make the governments stop performing media headline grabbing knee-jerk reactions, and actually target the root cause of the issue, access to real guns, not a perfectly safe sport enjoyed all over the world.

  5. greenie girl on May 14th, 2009 9:30 pm

    Being a Mum, I can kinda see where they are coming from, I mean, if you see someone walking down the street with a gun, how is someone who doesn’t know what a paintball gun looks like, meant to know the difference between that and any normal gun?

    However, my Paintball Mad son would be horrified that I thought that, as it is such a cool sport.

    Thats my thoughts – I think I sit on the fence on this issue 🙂

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  7. paintball / gun / video game enthusiast on July 14th, 2009 3:15 pm

    right off the access to a gun does not instigate a school shooting. what “plants the seed” is maybe a mental problem and no help for said problem. i live in the USA. where we are aloud to own real firearms. i happen to own a 12ga. shotgun but that does not mean that i am going out and shooting up heavily populated areas. frankly i am enraged that people attribute guns as a problem. if you look at all the events like this the person or persons that commit these crimes. they almost always have some kind of problem. most of the time it is that the perpetrator was teased or bullied heavily. if you think that not being able to get a gun would stop this from happening you’re dead wrong. the only way to stop these events is to catch them before they happen. the only reason paint ball gets a bad rap is because 1: you use a gun and 2: you shoot people. it is more of a game of tactics and teamwork. not violence and death. and playing shooting video games does not make you a psycho killer.

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