posted on Sep, 19 2013 @ 09:50 PM
reply to post by sparky31
Well, you don't have to go back too far to find an example of a shooting in a small Scottish town. On 13 March 1996, Thomas Hamilton entered Dunblane
primary school with four handguns and shot dead 16 children and one adult. He then shot himself.
Tennis player Andy Murray broke down in tears while remembering the event in a recent interview. A good friend of mine has two daughters, now in their
20s, who survived the shooting and are still traumatised by what they experienced.
If that proves anything, I guess it's that having a low level of gun ownership and strict licensing doesn't guard against the actions of nutcases.
The outcome of Dunblane was an effective ban on handgun ownership in the UK, with even legitimate users such as Olympic sportsmen and women having to
travel abroad to practise their sport.
I think that was a kneejerk reaction that penalised innocent people, but on the whole I would not support the liberalisation of UK gun laws or the
routine arming of our police.