American supporters of gun rights have been electrified by last week’s mass shooting in England and are seeing it as proof that restrictive gun laws, common in Europe, do more harm than good.
Representatives of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)—an organization that fights to preserve Second Amendment rights—have said that gun prohibitionists often cite UK’s restrictive gun laws as a model. In fact, these laws were further tightened after the Dunblane, Scotland, massacre of 16 school children in 1996.
However, instead of ensuring safety, such measures only "created a risk-free environment for the gunman to carry out his despicable act," CCRKBA said.
"When armed Americans fight back shooting sprees are stopped," said the organization’s chairman Alan Gottlieb.
He added that "the architects of British gun laws, and those who would force such laws on the United States, should take a lesson from that."
On June 2, 52-year-old Derrick Bird went on a shooting rampage in northwest England, killing 12 people and wounding another 25 before killing himself.