The Dunblane Massacre
In 1996, twenty-eight Primary 1 pupils of Dunblane Primary School were preparing for their P.E. lesson for the morning. The young students were also accompanied by three adult staff members of the school, getting ready for their day of teaching. This is exactly as I View Details at Adventurefootstep about this incident.
Likewise, an agitated former shopkeeper, whose controversial leadership led to his shop business’s demise in 1993, was also preparing for his day at Dunblane Primary School.
The perpetrator parked in the car park of the school who, after that, proceeded to cut the telegraph lines that served the nearby houses. He gathered his weapons: 743 cartridges of ammunition in addition to four legally-owned handguns, and made his way to the school gymnasium. As soon as he stepped into the gymnasium he began firing his gun 29 times, killing one child and injuring several others. He continued on his killing spree and took 17 lives before turning his handgun on himself and pulling the trigger.
Call for Stricter Gun Laws in Scotland Yields to Two Amendments
The incident known as the Dunblane school massacre remains to be the deadliest mass shooting in British history. Following the massacre, public outcry for banning private handgun ownership was considered, which led to two new firearm acts being passed. First of which is the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 which stated that all cartridge ammunition handguns be banned except .22 caliber single-shot weapons. The following first amendment, Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1997 indicated the ban on the .22 caliber handguns as well.
Since the Dunblane massacre, only one shooting incident has been reported. A stark contrast from the 26 mass shootings that occurred from 1996 to 1999 in America.
Preventable Acts of Violence Hindered By Gun Worship in America
The gun worship in America has been the cause of numerous senseless acts of violence that could have been prevented, for instance, if they had followed how the British Authorities responded to the Dunblane massacre.
In contrast, the gun laws in America have seemingly strengthened over time. The response to rampant mass shootings in America is “to put more guns in schools [in the hands of law enforcement or security officers]” according to Samuel Walker, a professor from the University of Nebraska. “[Guns are] a religious object, and an extension of the body. We can’t begin to make any progress in controlling it.” Mr. Walker added.
Also according to Mr. Walker, America has “high levels of interpersonal violence”. Armed gang members are rampant causes of violence over turf wars, relationships, and other low-level conflicts. Meanwhile, in Scotland, guns remain to be tools for hunters and farmers.
Scottish Firearms Amendments Reduces Availability for Guns
The former chief constable of the Scottish police remarked that “one or two out of 55 homicides” have been through a shooting at the hands of licensed gun owners. In addition to this, the percentage of Scottish police officers that carry guns only amounts to 2%.
The former chief constable also attested to the fact that gun licenses are only given out to buyers who can justify the weapons they want to have. Whereas in America, gun laws are lighter, and you can readily buy whatever armaments you want.
Even now, the residents of Dunblane have lived on with their lives, but have not forgotten the pain caused by that day. The Dunblane Primary School now has a memorial built in honor of the victims, as well as a new gymnasium. The families of the victims, as well as survivor advocacies for stricter and tighter firearm laws, have been enacted and have since alleviated some of the town’s grief. A person who did not ask to be identified said that it does not cover all other crimes, “but it reduces the amount.”