Hoodie 'shoots' Cameron...
...and causes uproar. Under the headline: Teenage 'pistol' hoodie gloats, the Sun predictably wallows in disgust.
"A TEENAGE hoodie told last night how he ran up behind Tory leader David Cameron and pretended to shoot him.
Tagged thug Ryan Florence, 17, said he made the sick gun gesture to impress gang pals who were watching."
And the Great British public is whipped into a frenzy of comment, like this, typical of the Daily Mail.
"This young thug is a good reason why we all should be armed with guns.Oh Purleeease!
- John Smith, Ulverston UK"
Wikipedia is quite ambivalent about the 'bang bang' hand gesture.
"This imitation of the action of a revolver pistol is often meant to represent a handgun in children's games. It may also be used menacingly to mean "I'm gonna kill you", or simply as a playful greeting."
The gesture is represented in stock photo libraries under the Business section. The gesture here surely implies, "Spot on!" or "Right on the money!", "Yes! We're going places!" or some such.
And for fans of wrestling's "Cactus Jack" the double handed gesture is a signature.
Apparently "Cactus Jack" Mick Foley took his trademark catchphrase "Bang, Bang!" from the B-52's song "Love Shack." The song was running through his head at the end of a match, and he held his fingers up like pistols while reciting the "bang bang bang on the door..." verse.
But what, (honestly), is the difference between the top image and this one?
I put it to you that a little boy in Manchester was hamming it up for the camera. No more. No less.
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