Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Those photographs of the innocents killed in Newtown prove that US gun laws are crazy

I have never forgotten the front pages which followed the Dunblane school massacre in 1996.

The class photographs of smiling, hopeful children that beamed out at us in the aftermath, which haunted us then and haunt us still. The front pages from Newtown this week will do the same and, like many, I'm torn between avoiding them and feeling it's important to talk about, and remember , these blossoming, gentle souls stopped short, before life even really began in earnest. I do know, however, that I don't need to see the face of their killer, whose name I hope we quickly forget so that other notoriety seekers understand how quickly they too will be forgotten.

As for the 'guns don't kill, people do' argument raging in the US ... what nonsense. Easy access to killing machines for mentally unstable people raises the chances of slaughtered innocents. This terrible event confounds and confuses, but in that regard, nothing seems clearer. Let this be your legacy Obama: do something.

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