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Posted on 12/14/2012 11:50:24 AM PST by BBell
A lone gunman has gone on a shooting spree at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killing 16 children and their teacher.
The killer sprayed shots at random around the school gym in an attack that lasted just three minutes, but caused carnage in a class of five and six year olds. He then turned the gun on himself.
Twelve other children were taken to hospital in Stirling, where one is reported to have later died of his injuries.
The killer has been named as Thomas Hamilton, 43, a local man, who had once - briefly - been a scout master before being sacked by the Scout Association.
'Sick and evil act'
The Queen has sent a message of sympathy to the people of Dunblane.
The Prime Minister, John Major, on a visit to Cairo, has spoken of his disbelief at what he called "this sick and evil act".
The attack happened just after 0930 GMT, as the Year One pupils were beginning an exercise class in the gym with their teacher, Gwen Mayor.
One pupil said: "We heard these gunshots from the gym and looked round and thought he must be firing at a target or something then he came out through a fire exit and started firing at our huts and we were all petrified."
William Wilson, chief constable of central Scotland, told a news conference his officers had been called to the school at 0938 GMT: "They found a scene of carnage, with 15 children dead, one teacher dead and one other dead."
Parents and carers began arriving at the school as news of the tragedy quickly spread around the town.
The Scottish Secretary, Michael Forsyth, who represents Dunblane said: "I find it difficult to express the feelings I know will be felt throughout Dunblane.
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The result of that event was the essential banning of handguns by private citizens. The result of that banning was noted in a 16 July 2001 BBC report entitled Handgun crime ‘up’ despite ban which noted that in Great Britain A new study suggests the use of handguns in crime rose by 40% in the two years after the weapons were banned. Katie Pavlichs Dec 11, 2012 report entitled Gun Crime Soars in England Where Guns Are Banned noted . . . data from 2009 shows gun violence in the UK has increased by 89 percent in the past decade. . .
We do NOT want to replicate the Brits failures.