so you may/may not have heard about this [link], I don’t know if it has been reported much outside of the UK
it is really awful and it is quite upsetting. You don’t expect this to happen in England. It’s bizarre in that it seems to be someone who went insane literally overnight, and it’s really scary how he drove between towns and apparently targetted people at random. It’s hard to put into words how unsettling and upsetting that is. It’s really awful.
And I don’t understand why any firearms are legal, but this is a single isolated anomalous incident so further tightening of laws probably won’t have a measurable effect. OTOH had this man not had ready access to a couple of firearms then he obviously wouldn’t have been able to do anything like what he did. I doubt he still would have gone through with it if he had had to wait a few days to pick up an illegal gun from somewhere, it seems like a spontaneous outbreak of absolute insanity, not something that would persist through a needlessly lengthened planning stage. But it would be nice if people pushing their own agendas didn’t seek to make the victims their martyrs. Not that that will happen.
And for right wing Americans weapons fetishists who wish to use this as an example that strict gun laws don’t work: As far as the laws go, his guns were legally owned for 20 years. You can’t say that strict gun laws don’t work because of this, because the laws were permissive as far as he was concerned. But if you wanted to make a case that permissive gun laws allow these things, you might well be onto something… But I know instead you’ll probably argue he could have used a 17th century musket or a pen knife or a pointy stick to kill 12 people with his imaginary SAS training, and then say “well you wouldn’t ban kitchen knives” … proof by reduction to the wrong problem.