LETTER : Dunblane massacre: glorification of violence is not confined t o gun lovers

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Sir: Why is any member of the public legally allowed to possess a weapon of the types used at Dunblane?

There are ordinary people, such as farmers with shotguns, who need to use guns in their daily lives, and those, such as soldiers and the police, who use them in the course of duty. I would not want to restrict the sensible use of guns in the course of work or sport. But I cannot see any reason for the possession of semi-automatic pistols being legal in open society.

Joel Baillie-Lane

St Albans