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Virginia Tech And Lessons From Dunblane

by | 19th, April 2007

Virgina Tech and lessons from Dunblane from the Anorak Forums

Michael North, whose daughter Sophie was killed at the mass shooting in the Primary School at Dunblane, Scotland, wrote the following comments in the Sunday Times [13th October, 1996] , writes AGW.

“It is time to turn the tide against gun culture. Hand-guns were designed for one purpose only -to kill. They weren’t banned after Hungerford (a previous UK mass shooting) because of the pressure of the gun lobby. Public safety was sacrificed to preserve a privilege for a minority who have had a disproportionate influence on our law-makers. Campaigning for a total ban on hand-guns will ensure that this country becomes a safer place.”

The campaign was successful and a shocked UK Government rushed through a total ban on hand-guns licensed for use by the general public. Restrictions were also introduced relating to possession and storage of rifles and shotguns which are still widely used in rural areas for pest control.

There are few reported incidents of these licensed rifles, or shotguns, being used in either personal violence or general crime cases.

Stolen guns and illegally held firearms

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