The following is the transcript of a recent conversation I had regarding gun control with my friend, Tom who is a British national.
Tom: Following the school shooting in Scotland in 1996 a law was passed prohibiting private ownership of handguns throughout the United Kingdom.
Me: How many school shootings have there been in the UK since that law was implemented?
I really like Tom; he is a fine upstanding young man. However, I have been around long enough to know that one should check facts before going public. Here is what I found.
On March 13, 1996 Thomas Watt Hamilton killed 16 students and one teacher at Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland. 10 others were also wounded in the attack before Hamilton took his own life.
Following this tragedy public outcry resulted in the implementation of the Firearms Act of 1997 (Amendment No. 2) that prohibits private ownership of handguns with the exception of muzzle loaded and historic handguns. In the 17 years since the implementation of the Firearms Act of 1997 in the United Kingdom there have been no school shootings in that nation.
Meanwhile, since 1996 there have been 64 school shootings within the United States.
I love America and support the constitution and the right to bear arms. I also support the right of parents and students to rest easy with some assurance of their safety.