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Ten years ago today.
My thoughts are certainly with the families tonight.
i remember crying when it happened, the first time i was really touched by something awful that was seemingly distant to me. not much you can say really, just that these things shouldn't be forgotten. my thoughts are with them too
it seems a long time ago, but strangely close too.
remember Ivor Lawrence QC, a conservative mp, going on the news and trying to make political capital from this and arguing against a handgun ban. He said that handguns were owned by ordinary, decent people and that criminals normally use sawn off shotguns. He said 'imagine if he'd gone in with a sawn off shotgun, god forbid.' He didn't go in with a sawn off shotgun, he went in with legally held handguns.
people are allowed to keep shotguns if they have a license, as well. and it's 'toffs' who tend to have the licenses, or at least it used to be. it's not like they're sold ready-sawn...
but i was only 8 (just!) at the time. Crazy. I'd had my birthday three days previously then children just like me were being shot.
to school in Dunblane, I'd just left when this happened. I remember watching the news and seeing people I knew, like teachers from my school, running around trying to find out if their kids were okay. One of the most horrifying things that's happened in our lifetimes I think. So yeah, my thoughts are with them tonight.
Very trivial point, but isn't boy wonder Scottish tennis player Andrew Murray from Dunblane?
I remember finding out about it in school. My dad is an educational psychologist for the Stirling area so he had to go to stuff today to do with it in case there were lots of media types about. He said it wasn't too bad. It must be so hard not just having to deal with it but having it examined and picked apart again at significant anniversaries.