UK: Licensed gun owner kills 12 people

Twelve people were killed and 25 injured in Cumbria (northwest UK) by a gunman who then committed suicide on 2 June. The man, who had been a licensed gun owner for 20 years, killed his twin brother, a colleague and the family solicitor before driving through several towns firing randomly at people. Gill Marshall-Andrews, from the UK Gun Control Network, said: “This tragedy demonstrates once again that legal guns are no less deadly than illegal guns. The UK licensing system on its own is clearly insufficient, because it doesn’t foresee that previously law-abiding gun owners can become violent. If private citizens are going to be allowed to keep firearms at home, there should be annual checks with their doctor, their spouse and the police in relation to alcohol or drug abuse and depression.”