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    Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Several people have been killed and others injured after a gunman opened fire in several areas of west Cumbria.

    Police are searching for the suspect, named as Derrick Bird, after shots were fired in Whitehaven, Seascale and Egremont.

    He is believed to be heading towards the central Lakes area in a grey or silver Picasso, registration ND55 ZFC.
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    This is happening now to the North and West of where I am and the gunman is heading South (towards us) apparently. I have friends up near West Cumbria and apparently everyone in the nearby towns is really scared - trains in and out have been stopped and road blocks in operation.

    Friends reporting 10 or more seriously wounded brought in to the local hospital.

    The killer started on a farm, headed into the nearby town and shot two people at different locations. One close encounter was another driver who came up to a red light - saw the Picasso with blown out windows and a driver nursing a shotgun in his lap, the driver telling the story sped off through red lights to get away.

    Large manhunt underway - the killer may now have swapped cars.

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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Unarmed people who were stripped of their rights to protect themselves being prey for a armed criminal? Say it ain't so.
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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Warning has gone out over the radio for Central Lakes (and Eastern South Lakes) to stay indoors - there are very strong rumours the guy is armed with a shotgun and heading our way now. My students aren't in today but we're asked to keep all students at the university now and not let anyone out until news of capture is announced.

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    Derrick Bird's body has just been found in woodland in the village of Boot, Eskdale - not too far away from us.

    11 reported shootings - however a colleague still tells me reports of injured outnumber what is being reported. I guess the full picture will emerge later today.

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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    They should ban guns, oh wait.



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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    They should ban guns, oh wait.

    Seriously though, these sad lessons seldom are learned.
    What lessons? That guns kill people?

    The UK has very few cases of this kind, and in the US where children can basically get guns, there are such shootings almost on a weekly basis.
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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    What lessons? That guns kill people?

    The UK has very few cases of this kind, and in the US where children can basically get guns, there are such shootings almost on a weekly basis.



    What am I supposed to do with this sort of idiotic commentary? :
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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    They should ban guns, oh wait.



    Seriously though, these sad lessons seldom are learned.
    I was going mad here at work knowing he was headed towards the region my partner and our child live, she's been at home today worrying.

    I can tell you if I was at home and this guy heading our way as he was earlier, I'd be much happier knowing I could protect myself with a firearm. Hopefully the news he's shot himself is true as that ends the current events.

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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Unarmed people who were stripped of their rights to protect themselves being prey for a armed criminal? Say it ain't so.
    Yeah, if only those Columbine kids had been packing....

    But I'm sure the people of West Cumbria thank you for your show of sympathy.

    This is a terrible tragedy and to use it to make cheap political points is a bit sick. Fortunately no such tasteless remarks have been expressed by anyone on any of the radio or TV reports I've been following, so the grief of the families of the victims will not be exacerbated by anti gun control nuts.
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    Re: Gunman kills several in west Cumbria

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Yeah, if only those Columbine kids had been packing....
    You mean the teachers? Yeah I agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    This is a terrible tragedy and to use it to make cheap political points is a bit sick.
    Hardly. If I've learned one thing about politics from our current White House is that letting a good tragedy and not using that tragedy for politics is such a waste. When the ability both legally and physically, to defend one's self is removed - it' easy for someone like Bird to take advantage of it.

    This is a teachable moment.
    “I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute.” - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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