The AR-15 looks and behaves like a military weapon and should be confined to the military and police force.
No member of the public has any need for a death machine that can fire up to six rounds a second when modified and can clear a 100-bullet magazine (as used in Aurora) within a minute.
It’s been a concerted, ruthless and highly successful campaign.
And to those, like me, who stand up to them, they sneer: ‘You don’t know anything about guns.
Keep quiet.’Well, I do know a bit about guns, actually.
My brother’s a lieutenant colonel in the British Army and has served tours of duty in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Six others, including a nine-year-old girl, were murdered.
I was editor of the Daily Mirror on that day back in 1996 and will never forget the appalling TV footage of those poor Scottish mothers sprinting to the small primary school, many already howling with anguish at the thought of what might have happened to their five-year-old children. And I still remember the blind terror I felt when I lost my son Stanley, then aged two, for half an hour at a cricket match on a field surrounded by a small running creek. But I was lucky: he finally emerged from where he’d been hiding – big, cheeky grin intact. To even try to conceive of how you would feel if your child was shot multiple times in the head by a Rambo madman at school is just impossible.Can you imagine the scene as 200 people pulled out guns and started blazing away in a dark theatre?The gun-lobby logic dictates that the only way to defend against gun criminals is for everyone else to have a gun, too.My sister married a colonel who trained Princes William and Harry at Sandhurst. Nor do I have a problem with those who use guns for hunting or for sport.I also understand, and respect, how there is an inherent national belief in America, based on their understanding of the 2nd Amendment, that everyone should be allowed to have a gun at home for the purposes of self-defence.