“Notes from Dunblane”

May 8, 2018 § Leave a comment


Winner of the Best Documentary Short at The Tribeca Film Festival 2018.

“Notes from Dunblane, Lessons from a School Shooting”

On Wednesday, March 13, 1996 at 9:35 am, Thomas Hamilton (43 years old), entered the games hall at Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland, shooting 16 children (aged 6-7 years old), and one teacher dead, before turning the gun on himself.  It remains the deadliest mass shooting in British history.  Following this school massacre, the United Kingdom had passed some of the toughest gun reform legislation in the world.   The Cullen Reports (the result of the inquiry into the massacre), and the “Snowdrop” campaign, lead to tighter laws on gun ownership, changes in school security, and vetting of people who work with children under age 18.

On December 14, 2012 at 9:35am, Adam Lanza (20 years old),  entered the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT, and shot 20 children (aged 6-7 years old), six adult staff members, and his mother, before turning the gun on himself.  While some states, including Connecticut, have passed tougher gun laws, little has been done in the United States.

Monsignor Basil O’Sullivan, a priest from Dunblane reached out to Monsignor Bob Weiss of Newtown, and offered support.  He visited Newtown on the one year anniversary after the tragedy and offered solace to the community.

There have been over 1600 mass shootings since that time.  The US has had no federal reform to date.


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