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House of Lurgy and nutters with guns

I'm still unwell. Definitely a viral thing. Rather unpleasant. Today was enlivened by a vomiting session early in the morning.

I'd been hoping to make it into work today but instead have been good for little except dozing on the couch, coughing pitifully and testing out my v. croaky voice (which is less croaky than yesterday but still pretty bad).

Still, seeing the dreadful events unfolding in Cumbria helps put things into perspective. I remember the last two times something like this happened - Hungerford in 1987 and Dunblaine in 1996. Horrifying then, horrifying now.

We generally don't get mass shootings like this in the UK. Gun control is fairly strict because there's no right to bear arms in the UK - instead you have to apply for a licence and there are strict controls on gun clubs etc. You do hear about gun crime in 'problem areas' - particularly places like the Murder Mile in Hackney or Mosside in Manchester, where it's perceived to be part of the local drug-war scene. However generally, (and with apologies to American friends), I think we Brits see 'nutter with a gun and a grudge' as being a peculiarly US rather than a UK problem.

Seems that this is wrong though.

I'll be interested to see if the Government move to tighten gun controls further or go to more knee-jerk legislation. At this point, it's difficult to see what can be done to prevent something like this from happening again, but that won't stop politicians from using it for their own ends.

Tragic thing. My sympathies go to the families of all those affected.


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Jun. 2nd, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
Agreed on the politicians.

I know nothing about the gun laws in this country, other than we have them. I think we just have to accept that there will always be bad things that happen. A rough average of once every decade is pretty low.
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