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The Hungerford Massacre... [Dec. 7th, 2004|10:19 pm]
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BBC1 has just shown The Hungerford Massacre, a documentary into the incident that changed Britain in many ways.  The BBC Website also has a report in the Crime Case Closed section.

I have to say that I thought this programme was absolutely brilliant... well constructed & presented.  If the BBC do repeat it, I would certainly recommend it.

I don't remember exactly where I was when this happened, but I know that I was 15 years old and living in Aldershot at the time.

I do, however, remember the incident.  I remember thinking how things like this just didn't happen. 

Surely not in this country?
But Hungerford was only 56 miles away. 

In 1987, no-one had a gun... it just wasn't heard of. 
Michael Ryan had a gun.  Three guns, in fact.  Legally.  And he just lost it. 

What happened on that day changed a lot of things: British Policing; gun laws; telecommunications systems; emergency services.

But compare then to now.  In August 1987, one man killed 16 people.  It shook the country.  In 2004, hardly a day goes by when you don't hear about gun crime on our streets.  Last Tuesday, Caroline and I were in Reading at a restaurant.  That night, after we'd come home, someone got shot not 2 miles from where we were sitting.  There were the shootings in Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham earlier this year.

Are the changes that were implemented as a result of the 1987 massacre lost?  Or has our society just moved in the wrong direction.
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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2004-12-07 10:57 pm (UTC)
It's strange how there are many countries with guns, but some have very high murder rates and others very low. I'm guessing it's a cultural thing, and unfortunately I think we're shifting towards USA culture. It's a shame really after such a significant effort was made to remove guns from the vast majority of hands in the UK.
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[User Picture]From: misspotsitt
2004-12-07 11:51 pm (UTC)
I can remember where I was. I was 8 years old and at my friend Martin's house. The progress of the gunman was being reported on the news and as he seemed to be getting nearer to Reading we were very scared.
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[User Picture]From: azrael316
2004-12-08 09:03 pm (UTC)
For those who missed it and incase of a non-repeat in the near future...

http://www.uknova.com/details.php?id=4130

You need to register but its there.. ;)
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[User Picture]From: tean
2004-12-13 12:01 pm (UTC)
There was another shooting in Nottingham on Saturday.. nobody was hurt.
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