Dunblane atrocity relatives show support for US families
Letter: Survivors and families have written to high school in Florida
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.”
Two girls outside Dunblane Primary School a day after the shootings in 1996.