Dun­blane atroc­ity rel­a­tives show sup­port for US fam­i­lies

Let­ter: Sur­vivors and fam­i­lies have writ­ten to high school in Florida

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Lucinda cameron

Rel­a­tives of the 16 chil­dren and one teacher killed in the Dun­blane atroc­ity have sent a let­ter of sup­port to the US school where a mass shoot­ing hap­pened last month.

On the 22nd an­niver­sary of the shoot­ings in Dun­blane, sur­vivors and fam­i­lies have writ­ten to Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land, Florida where 17 peo­ple died in the Valen­tine’s Day mas­sacre.

In Scot­land the chil­dren – aged just five and six – and teacher Gwen Mayor were mur­dered by gun­man Thomas Hamil­ton when he opened fire on a gym class at Dun­blane Pri­mary School on March 13, 1996.

The killings shocked the na­tion and led to the UK en­forc­ing some of the strictest firearms leg­is­la­tion in the world.

The fam­i­lies in Dun­blane have also posted a video of rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing si­b­lings and par­ents of those killed, read­ing the let­ter on the Dun­blane Stands with Park­land Face­book page on the “most poignant” day of the year for those in the Scot­tish town.

They say “change can hap­pen” and wish the US stu­dents “wis­dom and strength” for their cam­paign against gun vi­o­lence.

De­scrib­ing how peo­ple in the town felt com­pelled to take ac­tion af­ter the 1996 shoot­ings, they said: “The gun­man owned le­gal weapons and it was so easy for him to ob­tain these le­gal weapons and like you we vowed to do some­thing about it.

“Most politi­cians lis­tened and acted, laws were changed, hand­guns were banned and the level of gun vi­o­lence in Bri­tain is now one of the low­est in the world.

“There have been no more school shoot­ings.

“We per­suaded Bri­tish law­mak­ers not to be swayed by the vested in­ter­ests of the gun lobby, we asked them to put pub­lic safety first and to heed the will of the ma­jor­ity of the Bri­tish peo­ple.”

Pic­ture: PA.

Two girls out­side Dun­blane Pri­mary School a day af­ter the shoot­ings in 1996.

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