At Least 5 People Dead in U.K. Shooting Spree, Prime Minister Says
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    Wait a minute! Did he not know that firearms are not allowed in England?

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    At Least 5 People Dead in U.K. Shooting Spree, Prime Minister Says

    Published June 02, 2010
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    June 2: Police stand next to a body following a shooting on Duke Street, in the town of Whitehaven in northwest England. British police were hunting down a man suspected in a shooting spree that has left more than one person dead in northwest England. The Cumbria Constabulary said there have been "a number of fatalities" as well as several injuries after shots were fired in the town of Whitehaven and nearby Seascale and Egremont (AP).

    LONDON -- A taxi driver described as quiet but friendly went on a shooting spree across a picturesque rural area of northwestern England on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 25 before apparently turning the gun on himself.

    Officers found a body believed to be that of 52-year-old suspect Derrick Bird in woodland near the Lake District village of Boot, Cumbria police said. A gun was found alongside the body.

    "I regret to report that a number of people have been shot and that at least five people have died," Prime Minister David Cameron told lawmakers in the House of Commons. "I can confirm that a body of a gunman has been found by police."

    Police said that as well as the deaths, 25 people were wounded in shootings in the small town of Whitehaven and nearby Seascale and Egremont, about 350 miles northwest of London.

    The BBC reported there had been shootings in 11 locations, not all of them fatal. Witnesses described seeing the gunman driving around shooting out the window of his car.

    Barrie Walker, a doctor in Seascale who certified one of the deaths, told the BBC that victims had been shot in the face, apparently with a shotgun.

    Witness Alan Hannah told the Whitehaven News that he saw a man with a shotgun in a car near a taxi stand in Whitehaven. Photos showed a body, covered in a sheet, lying in a street in the town.
    Local lawmaker Jamie Reed said people in the area -- popular with hikers and vacationers -- were in shock.

    "This kind of thing doesn't happen in our part of the world," he told the BBC. "We have got one of the lowest, if not the lowest, crime rates in the country."

    Multiple shootings are rare in Britain, where gun ownership is tightly restricted and handguns are banned.

    In 1987, gun enthusiast Michael Ryan killed 16 people in the English town of Hungerford. In 1996, Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and a teacher at a kindergarten in Dunblane, Scotland.
    Glenda Pears, who runs L&G Taxis in Whitehaven. said one of the victims was another taxi driver who was a friend of Bird's.

    "They used to stand together having a (laugh) on the rank," she said. "He was friends with everybody and used to stand and joke on Duke Street."

    Sue Matthews, who works at A2B Taxis in Whitehaven, said Bird was self-employed, quiet and lived alone.

    "I would say he was fairly popular. I would see him once a week out and about. He was known as 'Birdy,"' she said.

    "I can't believe he would do that -- he was a quiet little fellow."

    Click here for more on this story from the Times of London.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Last I read, 12 people had died. Gun control. Right.
    Prov. 27:3 - "Stone is heavy and sand a burden, but provocation by a fool is heavier than both"

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    Be careful......this incident will only justify to those that would, the need for not only banning "handguns" as it mentions but now going beyond restricting shotguns etc to an all out ban on those as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mojo View Post
    Be careful......this incident will only justify to those that would, the need for not only banning "handguns" as it mentions but now going beyond restricting shotguns etc to an all out ban on those as well.
    Yep cause we all know how well that has worked in Chicago and DC........

    It pisses me off that people decide to take others out with them. Prayers to all the families involved.
    "When Government fears the people, it's liberty. When people fear the Government, it's tyranny."
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  6. The People's Republic of Britain will likely rush another piece of "rampage legislation" because of this.

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    I no longer have a clue what to say when these things happen.

    They can't be avoided, you can't uninvent something and make it unavailable. You can't stop theft, smuggling, or illicit manufacture. There is no way to make the world perfectly safe.

    But, there are a large number of people who appear to live to be frightened. Everything scares them and the only thing they know to do is react like a child and scream at their parent surrogate -- the government -- to make it go away.

    Since all governments can do is pass meaningless laws - they do that so they look like they have a purpose.

    I am convinced there is nothing a reasonable person can say in situations like this.
    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    how many would be alive if guns were legal thats the question. sounds like shooting ducks on a pond.

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    Seeing as how this is just another of many examples that disarming citizens does not make them any safer would it not seem logical then that allowing them to have guns to equalize the citation would make them safer? I know, sense when do governments demonstrate logic?
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    It appears that prior to political campaigns and the ensuing election someone is administering some sort of intelligence test....and the LOSERS run against each other.Then the dumbest of the dumb, biggest loser is elected to the office!

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    you know.. if the assault weapon ban was brought back in america.. this never would have happened in england..
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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