How Britain Changed Its Gun Laws After One Mass Shooting
It took only one school shooting for Britain to change its gun laws.
Gun reform campaigner Mick North explained, “My 5-year-old daughter Sophie was killed at Dunblane Primary School in 1996.
Whenever I hear about school shootings in the US., I’m always horrified, but I’m no longer surprised or shocked.
It just happens to frequently.” 16 children and their teacher were killed in 1996 in Dunblane, Scotland.
“At the time, it was possible to own handguns in Britain and the person who murdered Sophie and her classmates and teacher owned four handguns legally.
I felt and thousands of other people felt, if handguns had not been so easily available, Dunblane wouldn’t have happened.” North stated.
“…The gun lobby, of course, is the U.S. is very strong, very well-funded and very intransigent.
The majority of politicians there look at it solely from the point of view of the Second Amendment and not from the point of view of how many people are getting slaughtered in the U.S. each year, of the feelings of the victims their families their friends.” Within 18 months of Dunblane, bipartisan legislation was passed to ban private ownership of handguns, and since then, the number of gun crimes have dropped significantly.
Around 20-25 people are murdered by guns every year in Britain — compared to over 13,000 per year in the U.S.