I couldn’t help but think of Dunblane when I heard of the news.
I wonder what the knee-jerk reaction of the government will be this time? Will the huntin’, shootin’ and fishin’ Tories look around at the thousands of Tory voters who use shotguns and rifles with due care and attention and who never kill anyone?
Or will they just ban shotguns and rifles now?
My own take on this is bound to be controversial, but I would actually argue that this senseless slaughter is one of the best arguments for repealing gun control legislation. If Mr Bird had run into just one person carrying a concealed firearm, how many lives could have been saved? How many people would be spared the horror of mourning right now?
Statistics in the USA are fairly unequivocal: states which have strong gun control tend to have higher murder and violent crime rates. States which allow carry and especially concealed carry tend to have lower rates of murder and violent crime.
It’s time for knee-jerk reaction, just not the obvious one.