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As an American reporter was covering one of the many school shootings he remarked wearily This is all dj vu I saw this stuff last month What he meant was that school shootings are becoming all too familiar Incidents in Oregon Colorado Georgia and Arkansas to name but a few have killed many innocent teenagers and I believe that these incidents may not have occurred if the gun laws in the United States had been much stricter In my opinion the gun controls in places such as the US and other countries that have little or no gun laws should be a lot stricter and even lead to a complete ban of all handguns At the least in the United States background checks and gun licensing should be compulsory Closer to home in March 1996 a man walked into a school in Dunblane Scotland and gunned down 16 children a teacher and wounded 12 more There was such an outrage over the gun laws in the UK that it forced John Major the Prime Minister at the time to ban handguns larger than 22 caliber which was approximately 80 percent of handguns This move lead to the complete ban of handguns the next year by the current Prime Minister Tony Blair A month after the Dunblane shooting an other horrific shooting took place in Port Arthur Australia where 32 people were killed Twelve days after this incident Australia banned all handguns and semi automatic rifles It is very sad when the lives of innocent people have to be taken before such laws are even considered On October 10th 1996 President Clinton declared a National Day of Concern with an aim to keep children away from handguns Although the day did increase parental awareness it failed to have any long-term affect And we must not forget that it is not just children who need to
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