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Rhys Jones Is Everyone’s Pet Cause

by | 24th, August 2007

rhys-jones.jpg RHYS Jones dominates the front pages.

“RHYS JONES 1995-2—7,” says the Mirror’s front page. And there’s a quote from this mother Melanie: “My son, my baby. He was only 11. Shot in the back of his neck from behind. My baby.”

“MY BABY,” says the Sun’s lead headline. “WE’VE LOST OUR BABY,” says the Mail.

There’s a picture of Melanie Jones. Her grief is raw. Her son died in her arms. She cannot stand it. She cannot believe it. Her husband Stephen is devastated. Their son has been shot three times in a pub car park after playing football.

This is a rare crime, the assassination of an 11-year-old boy by, as police believe, a young teenager on a BMX bike.

Looking For Reason

The shock is in the age of the victim. But the Express senses more. “A boy of 11 shot dead…just what has gone wrong with our country?”

“Is gun crime now totally out of control in Britain,” asks the paper. The answer is ‘No’. Gun crime remains rare. The murder of an 11-year-old is extreme. As the Sun says, eight youngsters have been shot dead in London this year, one in Manchester and now Rhys Jones.

But a senseless murder needs to be part of something bigger. This story would be enough for many, but the papers want more.

“RHYS JONES,” says the Sun “VICTIM OF ANARCHY IN THE UK.” And: “How did we sink so low? How do we put it right?”

What’s with the “we”? Only one of us has killed a small boy in his football kit. The rest of us find it appalling and want

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