British tennis player Andy Murray, a survivor of Britain’s deadliest school shooting, said the killing of 19 children and two teachers in Texas has made him ‘angry’ and ‘incredibly upset’.
Salvador Roma, an 18-year-old high school student in Uvalde, Texas, opened fire at Robb Elementary School last week, killing 19 students and two teachers after shooting his 66-year-old grandmother in her home.
It was the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since the shocking attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago.
Murray, 35, was just nine years old when killer Thomas Hamilton stormed his school gymnasium and shot 16 pupils and a teacher to death with four guns in 1996 at his school in Dunblane, Scotland.
He has now publicly condemned the Uvalde incident, saying he is “deeply upset” and calling for gun law reform in the United States.
He said: ‘I think there have been over 200 mass shootings in America this year and nothing changes. I can’t understand that. My feeling is that for sure at some point you will do something different.
Dunblane massacre survivor Andy Murray said the mass shooting at school of 19 children and two teachers in Texas has made him “angry” and “incredibly upset”.
Salvador Roma, an 18-year-old high school student in Uvalde, Texas, opened fire at Robb Elementary School last week after shooting his grandmother at a house in another part of town.
It was the deadliest shooting at a US elementary school since the shocking attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade ago. In the picture: Salvador Rome
The tennis star (pictured at Dunblane Primary School), who was just nine at the time, has recounted how he shared a car with murderer Thomas Hamilton and attended his sons’ clubs.
‘You cannot continue to address the problem by buying more weapons and having more weapons in the country. I don’t see how that solves it. But I could be wrong. Maybe we’ll try something different and see if you get a different result.
Murray grew up in the Scottish town of Dunblane, near Edinburgh, and was a student at the town’s local primary school when a gunman killed 16 pupils and a teacher before committing suicide. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern British history.
Britain’s two-time Wimbledon champion called for urgent reform of US gun laws, saying hearing a child’s account of the horrific Texas shooting was “similar” to his own experience.
“I heard something on the radio the other day and it was a kid from that school,” Murray told the BBC.
The massacre on March 13, 1996, shortly after 9:30am in the town of Stirlingshire, shocked the nation and prompted the UK to enforce some of the strictest firearms laws in the world. Pictured: Floral tributes to the victims line a road near the school.
The Primary 1 class at Dunblane Primary School, pictured with teacher Gwenne Mayor, who was killed with sixteen of the children in the massacre.
THE UK’S DEADLIEST GUN ATROCITY: The Dunblane Primary School Massacre
Disgraced former Scout leader Thomas Hamilton was 43 when he carried out the planned execution of innocents, first cutting the school’s telephone wires before heading to the gym armed with four legal handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Inside the gym, 28 primary school students were preparing for physical education class when he walked in and opened fire, killing 16 children and their teacher Gwen Mayor and injuring 15 others.
The massacre on March 13, 1996, shortly after 9:30 am in the Scottish city, shocked the nation and prompted the UK to implement some of the strictest firearms laws in the world.
Hamilton became a Scout leader in 1973, at the age of 20, but was asked to leave the following year due to complaints about his behavior at camp.
In a BBC documentary to mark the anniversary, former director Ron Taylor, 63, described how the tragedy still consumes him with guilt.
‘It was unimaginably horrible to see children die in front of you. I felt enormous guilt, more than survivor’s guilt. It was my school, I felt violated,’ he said.
‘As a director, what happened to me that day was the worst experience a director could have. People have to deal with the way of him.
‘One of the things I have at home is a box full of newspaper articles.
‘And it includes my own written version of the events of the day and I did it to help. I locked it up and thankfully never looked at it again.
“I experienced something similar when I was in Dunblane, a teacher who would go out and greet all the children under the tables and tell them to go away and hide. And she was a child telling the exact same story about how she survived.
‘They said they go through these drills, like little children. How? How is it normal for children to have to go through drills, in case someone comes into the school with a weapon?’
When the terrifying incident was first reported, Murray tweeted “F***insanity,” shortly after news of the shooting broke on social media, in a post that has since been deleted.
The global call for a change in US gun laws follows news that former President Donald Trump called for a review of school safety after the Uvalde shooting and required teachers to be armed.
During a speech to members of the National Rifle Association last Friday, he said: ‘Surely we can all agree that our schools should not be the easiest target, our school should be the hardest target in our country.
“And that’s why, as part of a comprehensive school safety plan, it’s time to finally allow highly trained teachers to safely and discreetly carry concealed objects, let them carry hidden objects.”
But while protesters outside demanded tighter restrictions on deadly firearms, Trump followed other Republicans in insisting that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens were the best way to tackle violent crime.
He criticized local police for taking too long to respond to the emergency and said schools should be made safer.
The former president added: ‘The monster that committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hate, pure absolute hate.
‘And while those he killed are now with God in heaven, he will be eternally doomed to burn in the flames of hell.’
Trump said it was wrong to go after guns “every time a disturbed or insane person commits such a horrible crime.”
‘The fact is that there will always be sick and demonic souls who wish to harm the innocent and see evil triumph over good, but the existence of evil in our world is no reason to disarm law-abiding citizens who know how. use your gun. and it can protect a lot of people,’ he said.
‘The existence of evil is one of the best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.’
Trump addressed members of the National Rifle Association in Houston, Texas, last Friday, three days after 19 boys and two boys were shot to death in Uvalde, 270 miles away.
The attack on children and teachers has divided America between those who think gun control is the solution and those who don’t.
Trump said that no one should be allowed to enter a school unless they have been thoroughly screened and cleared.
‘Every school in America must have a police officer or armed resources officer on duty at all times.
“Furthermore, in every police department in the United States, we need rigorous training on active shooter protocols to immediately locate and eliminate the target,” he said, before criticizing Uvalde’s response.
It has taken too long.